“You heard about the constitution and let us contribute, but do not support the recognition of homosexuals’ so-called rights,” she was quoted by the state-owned Herald on Saturday.
“It is taboo to our culture and Satan will have defeated us if we accept it.”
“The constitution should be in accordance with our culture and homosexuality is foreign to us. We should not listen to foreigners and their promises. How many of their promises have been fulfilled?” she asked.
Her husband, President Robert Mugabe has in the past described homosexuals as worse than pigs.
Zimbabweans are currently in the process of coming up with a new constitution. A parliamentary led constitution outreach team (COPAC) is currently going round the country gathering views amid chaos and intimidation, mainly from Zanu (PF), army and the central intelligence office (CIO) who are threatening villagers with silence or face the consequences.
The 2 008 violence, which killed nearly 300 people, mainly from the Movement of Democratic Change (MDC), is still very fresh in the minds of many villagers who have therefore heeded the call to keep quite. In some areas the constitutional outreach teams have carried out meetings with as much as five people only. In most areas contributors to the constitutional debate have been reading from prepared scripts.
The army and CIO have reportedly been said to be forcing villagers to support the Kariba draft, which is a document endorsed by Zanu (PF) and the two MDCs as part of the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Zanu (PF) do not want debate on the draft while the MDC has been encouraging people to add their views to make it a truly people’s constitution.
Other organisations such as the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), which led the no vote in the 2000 referendum to chose a new constitution and the main labour body, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) have boycotted the process, saying it was being led by politicians and was not people driven.
Grace Mugabe also said Zimbabwe will find other ways of selling its diamonds, saying the country’s detractors were trying to stop the country from disposing of its gems.
The Kimberley Process deferred a decision to give a go-ahead to Zimbabwe to sell its diamonds at its recent meeting in Tel Aviv to another meeting in Russia next month.
Zimbabwe has been accused of a poor human rights record following reports that several people in Marange, where the diamond fields are, have been beaten, tortured and killed at the hands of army officers guarding the place.
Mugabe was speaking at the hand over of foodstuffs including maize meal, rice, cooking oil, biscuits, corn snacks, and cordials at a time when government has banned relief food agencies to distribute food aid accusing them of fuelling regime change.
A regional international agency, Fewsnet on Friday warned that Zimbabwe would face widespread food shortages come September. Authorities of some areas have already raised alarm saying that unless people get food aid now they will die of starvation.