Local media celebrity Somizi Mhlongo was banned from entering Zimbabwe because of his sexuality. Somizi Mhlongo was supposed to make a grand appearance at a local event of reopening a famous restaurant in the capital city of Zimbabwe.
However, the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe and the Zanu-PF Youth League wrote a lengthy letter to the President of Zimbabwe voicing their concern over Mhlongo’s entry into the country and its sexuality.
“Somizi is a homosexual, hence according to our people’s driven constitution, Zimbabwe doesn’t tolerate homosexuality.
The letter stated “It is, therefore, our question, if we allow Somizi to come to our land, spiritually we would have disturbed a lot, and physically we would have openly accepted homosexuality in Zimbabwe hence affecting our children.
The council also said “This move will also affect our revolutionary party Zanu-PF by disturbing the 5 million votes win needed in the next 2023 harmonized elections for it is publicly known that our party strongly stands against homosexuality.
Most of Africa condemns homosexuality and has termed it as illegal. This is the core reason why people belonging to the LGBTQAI+ community keep on fleeing from the continent and face societal and legal challenges on a daily basis.
The Zanu-PF Youth League also denounced Mhlongo’s attachment with his home country stating that he will no longer be allowed to make visits to Zimbabwe.
The deputy secretary for Youth Affairs of Zanu-PF Tendai Chirau stated “The scheduled reopening of Garwe restaurant in Harare is a welcome development in the food industry sector.”
“I have engaged the owner of the outlet, Ms. Mandi, expressing our concerns and those by different societal groups over the invitation of one of the highly controversial guests (a declared ngito).”
“I am glad to announce that the owner took heed of the great concerns and elected to remove the said ngito (gay person) from the guest list and never to associate themselves with the said character again”
Somizi Mhlongo showed his disappointment over the decision by the Zimbabwe government. He expressed this through a video posted on his official Instagram handle.
“This is not the first time this has happened to me. I’m OK with it but I’m not OK with it at the same time.
“I will not stop speaking on behalf of the voiceless and on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. I will advocate for that and if it means I should die for it, so be it. But it is sad, very sad and I hope things get better.
“What you are doing — being homophobic — is no different with anyone who is xenophobic and racist”, stated Somizi Mhlongo.