I was connected to Steven by a human rights activist who wants the government exposed for its hypocrisy on homosexuality.As Steven and I sit down, some of the waiters stare at us.
Ndiri kutsvaga shamwari yechisikana yekudanana nayo. Handisati ndambozviita asi i want a good female friend with benefits like kissing, touching, etc.
Forty-year-old Steven, a pseudonym I'm using for the sake of his protection, claims that these Zanu-PF politicians vocally attack homosexuals at public rallies. We organized to meet at a restaurant in downtown Bulawayo because he thought it would be safer there than near his home in the wealthy suburb of Khumalo.
In the mid-90s he was fired from his workplace after he told friends he was gay.
Later, Steven says he hooked up with other homosexuals through the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), an organization founded to protect homosexuals in the country.
But, Steven tells me, the romance lasted less than a year. He says his current lover, who is another senior government official, is a simple man. “I will never reveal their names because I would not see the sun rise. They don’t tolerate same-sex relations here,” he tells me, wiping his mouth with a tissue.