20 Dec 2011- Zimbabwe- A Zimbabwean MP has been arrested for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe a homosexual.
Ms Lillian Kirenyi, a legislator from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was on Tuesday charged with undermining the authority of President Mugabe.
The court was told that the MP committed the alleged offence during an address to party supporters on December 9.
She allegedly said: “Zanu-PF (President Mugabe’s party) members have been attacking MDC president Tsvangirai alleging he is pro-homosexuals, yet Robert Mugabe has practised homosexuality with (Professor) Jonathan Moyo (former Information minister) and Canaan Banana (Zimbabwe’s first ceremonial president.”
The late Mr Banana was jailed for sodomising his bodyguard.
Mr Tsvangirai came faced a barrage of criticism recently after he told the BBC in an interview that he wanted to see the rights of homosexuals protected in Zimbabwe’s new constitution.
Prof Moyo, now an influential Zanu-PF legislator, has been calling on Mr Tsvangirai to step down after the PM ended his alleged 12-day marriage with a Harare businesswoman last month.
The State is against Ms Kirenyi being granted bail, claiming that she faced a serious offence and could be harmed by President Mugabe’s supporters.
By Kitsepile Nyathi