via A gay diversion | The Zimbabwean 1 October 2014 by Jera
Attacking gays and using them as a diversion is a Zanu (PF) survival skill, much like racism and anti-Semitism were Adolf Hitler’s ploy to gain popularity in Germany. When things are bad – unemployment, company closures, power cuts – people look for something or someone to blame.
Aware that they are the root cause of the country’s woes, Zanu (PF) quickly blamed sanctions and pointed an accusing finger at gays. But hate speech is like a gun. It is designed to vanquish one’s enemies but is just as harmful if used against one’s friends. Suddenly the same hate speech levelled at Mugabe’s opponents has become the weapon of choice in the ongoing Zanu (PF) faction wars.
Apparently there are gangsters in Zanu (PF). Not just your garden variety gangsters – but gay gangsters.
In apparent reference to Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo, Mliswa said Zanu (PF) is ‘in the hands of gay gangsters.’ Mliswa was responding to allegations that he and other Zanu (PF) MPs sought funding for developmental projects from – don’t say it out loud – the American embassy.
The reasonable man, sitting with newspaper open, asks; how long have these gay gangsters been in Zanu (PF) and why are they only being unveiled, rather conveniently, two months from the party’s elective congress? The reasonable observer does not dwell on the mundane. If he is, once again, without electricity and if his child, a varsity graduate, is scraping a living as an airtime vendor, the reasonable observer knows that gays have no part in any of it. He knows the West is not to blame. If things are not right, the blame rests squarely on the nonagenarian shoulders of the government.