Zimbabwe police raid gay group offices, arrest 2

Monday May 24, 2010

A defense attorney says police in Zimbabwe have arrested two members of a local gay organization.

Attorney David Hofisi says he has not been allowed to visit them in jail since their arrest Friday but they were expected to be brought to court later Monday.

Ellen Chadehama, 34, and Ingatius Mhambi, 38, are employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organization. They were arrested on allegations under Zimbabwe's censorship laws.

Police raided the offices of their gay and HIV/Aids awareness group searching for indecent materials, and removed documents and computer files.

Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries. President Robert Mugabe has described same-sex partners as "lower than dogs and pigs" but arrests of gays are rare in Zimbabwe.

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  • Mick, 2010-05-24 15:49:55

    Mugabe seems to have forgotten there are large numbers of people who regard him as "lower than pigs and dogs" for no better reason than his skin color. Where does he get off exhibiting such intolerance? It hasn’t been THAT long since his own people were horribly mistreated by their colonial rulers. What a jerk.

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