Malawi’s reggae kings Black Missionaries have added their voice of support to lawmaker-cum-musician Lucius Banda in disapproving homosexual acts, saying it isn’t “right”.
Banda has been making headlines for his standpoint against homosexuality- locally known as Mathanyula – after he saw two men kissing in the audience as he was performing at Zitherepano on Christmas Eve.
Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said the reggae stars are rallying behind Lucius Banda, self-acclaimed Soldier of the Poor, on his anti-homosexuality stand.
Harawa said ‘Mathanyula’ is immoral and has no place in Malawi.
“We have better things to be worried with than discussing gays whose acts are immoral, influenced by Western powers,” said Ras Harawa.
He is quoted in the press also saying, gays “better do their stuff in their bedrooms than in public”.
Harawa said Black Missionaries can’t stop LGBTI people from coming to their shows but asked them to “behave.”
Banda, Balaka North legislator for United Democratic Front (UDF) who has proposed holding a national referendum to ask citizen if the country should decriminalise homosexuality, admitted that homosexuals do exist.
He, however, said LGBTI people should not be publicly showing their same-sex lifestyle as that would be tantamount to “provocation” to heterosexual people.
“They can do their stuff in their homes, just like they can come to our shows and enjoy,” he said.
Banda stood his ground, insisting that he has a right to express himself and that he is not homophobic or inciteful as branded by a leading gay rights NGO Centre for Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence.
The musician said he even tells his children that he can disown them if they are homosexuals.
“We are all sinners but we don’t have to parade with our sins in public,” said Banda.
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu announced amid pressure from several Western countries—including the United States of America (USA) and Germany—United Nations and Human Rights Watch (HRW) that Malawi suspended enforcement of anti-gay laws, among them Sections 137(a), 153, 154 and 156 of the Penal Code pending a High Court review of their constitutionality.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :