Leader of the Zimbabwe Devine Destiny (ZDD), Bishop Ancelimo Magaya on Thursday castigated Members of Parliament for supporting a controversial clause in the Marriages Bill.
The contentious clause, Section 40 recognised civil partnerships, that is, unions between men and women not recognised as marriages under current laws.
Speaking to reporters about the clause, which has since been removed by the Cabinet, Magaya said:
We expect parliamentarians to fear God, but I am shocked and embarrassed by this. How can you approve civil partnerships!
Honestly, civil partnerships being baptised. Parliamentarians you need Jesus, these may be Zanu PF or MDC members of parliament.
… We have a problem of being led by parliamentarians who have got several children outside wedlock, then they go ahead and support a law that will disenfranchise and disturb holy matrimony.
We are saying maybe you can go and follow the customary and leave ours. Let us defend our (Chapter) 5.11.
Magaya condemned MPs who were in support of the clause, going as far as labelling them, prostitutes. He said:
If you are part of the promiscuous ones in here, leave fix your family and marriage first before you even think of fixing a whole constituency, and if you cannot just leave our constituency, you prostitute (mhombwe).