Not in Zimbabwe
By Milton Chitsime
Published by Forteworx Press
THE US and Scandinavian countries, including Norway and Sweden, have in recent years threatened to curb aid to countries which do not recognise lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in their territories.
The aim; coerce governments, especially in Africa where homosexuality is not acceptable culturally, to legalise it.
Never mind that those countries have cultural beliefs and norms guiding their way of life.
It is not surprising the West wants to impose its beliefs on Africa.
It has been doing so since time immemorial.
They think they own Africa hence they should dictate what happens in and around the continent.
Africa needs aid; the West is aware.
Renowned writer Chinua Achebe wrote: “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”
However, some African states desperately need the aid and the West takes advantage.
What the West wants, it gets by hook or crook.
Aid has strings attached and Africa is compromised.
Rewarding countries accepting LGBT rights, and punishing those against it, has been the order of the day.
Last October, reports from Malawi indicated President Peter Mutharika had accepted a homosexuality deal with Global Fund to unlock donor aid.
Countries such as Zimbabwe that have spoken against homosexuality have been left in the cold.
Homosexuality remains a controversial issue in the country.
It is against this background Milton Chitsime penned his first English novel Not In Zimbabwe, tackling the issue of homosexuality.
His story revolves around the Bindu family whose son Tongai is ‘determined to tie the knot with a man.’
Chitsime’s message is clear; the country must not tolerate homosexuality.
The family’s position is compromised by his wish, as the father is a pastor and the mother, Mavis, is a cabinet minister.
Upon his return from the Netherlands where he had been studying, Tongai informs his parents of his desire to marry Keith, his partner.
He had attended a gay wedding out of curiosity and saw men kissing and since then, Tongai developed the urge for same-sex relationships and a sudden disinterest in women.
“Homosexuality is a socio-political issue in Zimbabwe,” Tongai is told by a social worker he consults for advice over his sexual orientation.
“And as you said, your mother is a minister, and the government is against it.
“How will your mother face the president and the nation at large if you, her son, are practising homosexuality?”
The writer argues, homosexuality is wrong socially and culturally.
“Psychologically, homosexuality is abnormal; biblically, it is a sin; legally, it is a crime and; socially, it’s a taboo,” writes Chitsime.
“Your sexual orientation puts your parents in a compromising position.”
The writer raises an important issue of Christianity and homosexuality.
“Besides, Zimbabwe is a Christian country and homosexuality remains unacceptable,” says Chitsime.
It should be noted it was the same whiteman who brought Christianity to Africa as a colonisation tool who is now bringing in homosexuality.
Because of Christianity, many blacks now shun African Traditional Religion (ART) as it is deemed evil.
By so doing, Africans have lost their identity.
It is not surprising that years later, the same whiteman is preaching homosexuality that goes against the values espoused in the Bible.
“The Bible says men who practise homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of God,” writes Chitsime.
It is obvious Christianity was just a tool to advance an agenda.
They achieved it, so now they trample on it.
Chitsime points out how blacks have been made to feel inferior by the whiteman and are now aspiring to be like him.
By losing a sense of worth and belonging, blacks are doomed as they will not unite to fight against the enemy.
“Zimbabwe is backward, can’t it learn from America, the Netherlands and other countries,” Tongai questions.
The social worker replies: “To begin with, Zimbabwe is not America, neither is America Zimbabwe.
“As social workers, we operate within the social norms and laws of this country.
“In Zimbabwe, homosexuality is a taboo, therefore your parents can’t approve of your relationship.
“The fact that your father is a pastor makes it worse because the Bible frowns upon it, while your mother serves a Government headed by President Robert Mugabe whose position on homosexuality isn’t a secret.”
As the story progresses, Tongai lands himself in jail for sodomising young boys.
The story ends on a positive note as Tongai, while serving his jail term is prayed for and ‘repents from homosexuality’.
The hope Chitsime has on winning the fight over the imposition of homosexuality by the West on Africa should buttress our resolve on other issues the West is trying to force on Africa.