Two gay lovers fled to a police post in the Harare city centre when pictures of the pair kissing and cuddling were discovered on a mobile phone.
The couple only identified as Esau and Andrew, took to their heels as a mob at the Gulf Complex bayed for their blood. The pictures leaked after Andrew took his phone for charging at another shop. One man who works at that shop got nosy and started scrolling until he stumbled upon the photos which disgusted him. He blew the whistle.
Esau who is a vendor at the complex confirmed that it was them in the pictures. Andrew, a shop assistant, said they were drunk when the photos were taken.
“Esau stays in Parktown and I stay in Budiriro so two weeks ago he called me and said he wanted to come for a sleep over at my house. We were both drunk and whatever happened it wasn’t by choice but it was only because of the state that we were in. I don’t even like the way I behave at times but that is just how I am. We don’t know who took the pictures,” said Andrew.
Esau also confirmed that he spent a night at Andrew’s house.
“It is me on that picture, and my tattoo is even showing to prove that I’m the one. This could have happened the day I slept at Andrew’s house but I don’t really know what transpired on that day because I was drunk. Andrew and I have known each other for some time. We have been very close friends because he usually buys my products,” he said.
Harare police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said the matter was still under police investigation.
“The police are aware of the case and the two men have confessed that they are homosexuals and they were in a relationship but we are still carrying out investigations on their activities,” said Insp Sabau.
Other vendors said they no longer wanted to see Esau.”This is so disgusting, how could they do such kind of things? Today we want to beat them up and we no longer want them here at this complex,” fumed one of the onlookers among the angry mob.
Pastor James Kangoti from Word in You Ministries said such actions are a reflection that the world is coming to an end.
“As the church of God we do not condone such actions. It is taboo in our culture and even in Christian ethics. The bible tells us that when such things start taking place then we should know that Judgment Day is near,” he said. H Metro
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