‘Homosexuals are not welcomed here’ – Mugabe says as he turns 90


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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during celebrations to mark his 90th birthday in Marondera about 100 kilometres east of  Harare, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Mugabe who is Africa's oldest leader has been  in power in the Southern African nation since 1980. (AP (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, celebrating his 90th birthday before thousands of people at a soccer stadium Sunday, urged the nation to shun homosexuality.

“I feel as youthful and energetic as a boy of 9,” said Mugabe, at the event near Harare. More than 45,000 people gathered at the stadium, said organizers from Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.

Mugabe gave his trademark clenched-fist salute to the crowd, as he and his wife, Grace, stood at the back of a truck that drove around the stadium.

He cut a 200-pound cake, and 90 cows were butchered for the massive party, estimated to cost $1 million.

On Sunday, he looked robust, speaking to the crowd for an hour. “We don’t accept homosexuality here. God made men and women so they can bear children,” Mugabe said.

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