tsvangirai 24-10.11.jpgPrime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has reversed his position on gay rights, saying he now wants them enshrined in a new constitution.

Mr. Tsvangirai told the BBC that gay rights are a human right that conservative Zimbabweans should respect.

Last year, Mr. Tsvangirai joined the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe in opposing homosexuality, but suddenly the MDC-T leader has shown his true colours of double standards and inconsistency.

The country is in the process of drafting a new constitution, which will be followed by a referendum ahead of the elections expected early next year.

Homosexuality is currently illegal in Zimbabwe. It is viewed as unChristian and unAfrican in most African countries.

President Mugabe has on several occasions denounced homosexuality, saying gays are worse than dogs and pigs. 

Mr. Tsvangirai told BBC’s Newsnight programme that he would defend gay rights if he became President.

“It’s a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody,” Mr. Tsvangirai told the BBC.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai told the BBC that homosexuality is a human right.

Interestingly, in March 2010, Mr. Tsvangirai  supported President Mugabe in condemning homosexuality and said gay rights were not up for discussion in Zimbabwe.

“I totally agree with the President (Cde Mugabe),” he said at that time.

Mr. Tsvangirai’s U-turn clearly reveals the MDC-T leader’s inconsistency and lack of wisdom to comprehend his own society’s cultural values and norms.