Robert Mugabe became the president of Zimbabwe in 1987.
Since then, one of Africa's longest-ruling dictators has been on a public crusade against homosexuals.
Here is a closer look at some of the things that have come out of his mouth on the topics of homosexuality and gay rights.
Just last week, speaking in Harare at a Women Empowerment conference of all places, Zimbabwe’s president expressed his latest views on homosexuality, The Zimbabwe Mail reports:
“When a man says he wants to get married to another man, we in Zimbabwe don't accept it. We can't talk of women's rights at all if we go in that direction. It will lead to extinction," Mugabe said. "Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn't belong to men."
He also said that gay people are “below dogs,” as he had said many time before.
According to The Zimbabwe Mail article, he also shared his views on women‘s equality in the same venue:
"Our customs look down on women as inferior. Men pay cattle and money to get a wife and expect women to obey them. Women will surely lose. Men say that women are not as knowledgeable as us. The attitude of men still despises women."
Call me old-fashioned, but in a culture where men apparently despise women, wouldn’t homosexuality actually make a lot of sense? I guess not.
In February, Mugabe called British Prime Minister David Cameron “satanic“ and told him "to hell with you" over his calls to respect gay rights, as reported by AFP: