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Democratic US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s criticism of President Robert Mugabe’s anti-gay address to the UN last week was above her pay grade, according to Zimbabwe’s presidential spokesman.

”The president (Mugabe) relates to sitting heads of state, not aspiring candidates, which Clinton is,” George Charamba said in an interview with the state-run Herald newspaper.


”One can only surmise is that she is feeling the heat from contestation both from within her party and from the Republicans, which is why [she is hallucinating]. The president was not just speaking as head of state for Zimbabwe. He was speaking as the African Union chair, which puts him above what Clinton can ever hope to be,” Charamba added.

Mugabe, 91, last week told the UN General Assembly that his country would not accept homosexuality. “We reject attempts to prescribe new rights contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs. We are not gays,” Mugabe said.

At the weekend Clinton expressed concern over Mugabe’s remarks, saying: ”I’m guessing the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] activists in prison in Zimbabwe would disagree with [Mugabe] if ever given a chance.”mugabe


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