Tinashe Sambiri|The Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa is now a darling of gays following indications that his party is willing to give ear to their concerns.
This was said by Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ).
The association pointed out that Zanu PF was the only party in the country that responded to their issues.
Sylvester Nyamatendedza, a senior GALZ official, told a local online news portal that ahead of the 2018 elections, their organisation approached 16 political parties contesting in that year’s plebiscite seeking clarification on whether their grievances had been included in their election manifestos.
He said ahead of the elections, Zanu PF gave the association an opportunity to share its concerns and demands on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
Nyamatendedza said :
“Prior to the 2018 elections, the LGBTI community who are members of GALZ asked us to inquire from political parties their interpretation on good governance and service delivery system, if their manifestos had anything to do with LGBTI issues, and what their plans were as a party if they won the elections regarding LGBTI.
We wrote to 16 political parties, and we only received a response from the ruling party, ZANU PF who asked us for a meeting. We managed to submit our needs, concerns, and demands as the LGBTI community.
Zanu PF’s new stance on GALZ is far from former President Robert Mugabe’s position.