mugabe.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, the Prime Minister, Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Ministers Professor Arthur Mutambara and Ms. Thokozani Khupe, today (Thursday) attended the belated International Women’s day celebrations in Chitungwiza. 


President Mugabe spoke of the equalisation of rights and opportunities since independence, saying there is a lot to be covered especially in areas of culture.


 He said lobola is one thing which is a burden to women, and the prime minister concurred with him, saying debate must be encouraged on the issue. 


President Mugabe castigated those campaigning for gay rights, saying the practice goes against christianity and African culture, a view which Mr. Tsvangirai also agreed with.


The prime minister also urged his party to shun violence, saying his working relationship with the president is cordial and should cascade to grassroots.


President Mugabe said the role of women in bringing stability to the nation and to families must be commended, despite economic difficulties.