By Paul Nyathi|President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new government has declared that it will soon be meeting with the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe GALZ to discuss elections related issues.
The ruling party Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu revealed that the party had accepted an invitation from the previously condemned group to discuss the elections.
Mpofu said this after meeting with a Commonwealth delegation which is in Zimbabwe to assess the country’s eligibility to rejoin the Commonwealth.
He said ZANU PF will meet with election observers from GALZ. Said Mpofu:
“We met the National Democratic Institute and the International Research Institute from Ireland. We also have requests from observers like GALZ (Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe) and we will be meeting them soon to hear their issues as well,” said Mpofu in a press briefing early this week.
“We will also meet National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO),” he said.
Former President Robert Mugabe vowed that his administration would never tolerate gays and lesbians describing them as lower than dogs.
The country’s constitution specifically prohibits same sex relationships.
ZimEye.com efforts to get a comment from GALZ on what they want to specifically discuss with government were fruitless at the time of writing.