Cape Town: In a scathing attack on President Obama following the legalisation of gay marriage across America by the Supreme Court last week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said the country is being controlled by "perverted Satan-worshippers".
"Washington is being controlled by "perverted Satan-worshippers who insult the great American nation", Mugab said according to Nigerian news website Naij.com.
"I can't understand how this people dare to defy Christ's explicit orders as our Lord prohibited mankind from sodomy," he added.
During his weekly interview with the national radio station, the Zimbabwean president joked that he planned to travel to Washington DC ‘get down on one knee and ask his (Obama's) hand’.
"I've just concluded since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance thus if it becomes necessary , I shall travel to Washington DC, get down on my knee, and ask his hand," he said, according to Newsweek.
Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and Mugabe has in previous years made headlines after he told gay people to go to "hell" and stated that those of homosexual orientation were lower than "pigs, goats and birds".
Last year, the veteran leader said gay rights were not human rights, adding Zimbabwe would never allow children to grow up thinking that there was an alternative to the God-prescribed marriage system.
Earlier at a 2013 campaign rally, Mugabe had condemned Obama for forcing homosexuality on the continent. "We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don't embrace homosexuality. We ask, was he born out of homosexuality?"
"Let Europe keep their homosexual nonsense there and live with it. We will never have it here. The act [of homosexuality] is not humane," he said in a July 2013 speech to his Zanu PF party supporters.
"Any diplomat who talks about homosexuality will be kicked out. There is no excuse and we won't listen to them", he added.
Mugabe’s latest remarks came at a time when Mozambique, on Monday decriminalised homosexuality.