In Zimbawe, two gay activist have been arrested and charged with “undermining” the regime of the country’s dictator, Robert Mugabe. The charge arises from an anti-Mugabe letter from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, which was reportedly displayed in the pair’s office.
Ellen Chademana and Ingatius Muhambi of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe pressure group were arrested on May 21 after a police search of their offices in the capital. Police allege that Chademana and Muhambi displayed a plaque from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown in their office in which the African-American denounces President Robert Mugabe’s homophobia against gays and lesbians.
In 1995, Mugabe told a crowd including diplomats that homosexuals were “lower than pigs or dogs.” He has been the target of gay-rights activists on trips to Europe ever since.
Chademana and Muhambi also face charges of possession of “indecent material,