Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) president, Chester Samba told Radio VOP Tuesday they were getting fed up with repeated negative comments emanating even from politicians with the sexual inclination.
“We monitor certain politicians that we know have that inclination and if they ever come out with homophobic statements, we will expose them or their families. That is our position,” said Samba.
“They don’t have to practice hypocrisy in condemning homosexuality and yet do it in private.
“We will expose them for who they really are if it turns out that somebody whom we know has gay relationships then comes out with homophobic statements.”
Samba said such politicians and prominent personalities involved Zimbabwe’s late President Cannan Banana and former ZBC boss Alum Mpofu whom he said were not GALZ members but had gay relationships with their members.
Samba was however quick to empathise with some gay politicians who were finding it difficult to reveal their condition fearing ridicules and immediate loss of the trappings of power.
“As GALZ, we know that gays are everywhere. You find them in positions of leadership. As an association, we find it then very difficult to be outing people because of the environment that we are in,” he said.
“We feel it is a very homophobic climate which does not allow for people in such positions to come out. It is much easier for the youth to come out as opposed to politicians who feel have a lot to lose.”
The GALZ president said he was however not at liberty at that moment to reveal the particular politicians.
His sentiments were also expressed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in parliament last week.
Asked if he had abandoned his stance of condemning gays, Tsvangirai said the issue of whether Zimbabweans should adopt gay rights in the constitution was supposed to be decided by Zimbabweans writing their constitution and not rabble rousing politicians.
“My personal view does not matter,” Tsvangirai said to MPs during the Prime Minister’s Question and Answer session.
“The people of Zimbabwe are writing a constitution in which they want to define their society and who am I to question their wisdom if they want to put the issue of gay rights into the constitution.
Tsvangirai also insinuated there were gay legislators who did not want to reveal their condition.
The past week has seen raging debate within the public domain on the issue of gay rights.
This follows an interview granted by Tsvangirai to the BBC the previous week where he said homosexuality was a human right.
This did not board well with President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, which now views Tsvangirai and his MDC as promoting homosexuality in the country.