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Mugabe supports Ugandan anti-gay law

The Zimbabwean president has praised Yoweri Museveni for introducing tough anti-gay laws.

Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has praised his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni for introducing tough anti-gay laws and says he'll be investigating the activities of a Zimbabwean gay and lesbian right group.

The Chairperson of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) was in court only last week on charges of running an unregistered organisation, but the case was dismissed.

These aren't entirely unexpected words from Robert Mugabe who has made his own feelings on gays very clear.

He told guests at a cocktail party at his daughter's wedding this weekend that Museveni was "fighting a just fight".

According to The Herald newspaper, Mugabe dismissed the claim that gay rights were human rights.

The GALZ group has been operating in Harare for more than a decade, although the president said he'd only been informed about its existence last week.

Mugabe said he now wanted them investigated in a hint that the group's battle for a hassle-free existence was far from over.

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has weighed in on the debate around the new anti-gay laws in Uganda, saying they violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Wits diversity studies professor Melissa Steyn says she is extremely concerned the legislation will spark violence.

Meanwhile, Scottish officials have reportedly revealed that the country is willing to offer asylum to homosexual Ugandans facing persecution.