CEDEP struggles to sell gay-centred project in Mulanje: ‘Access to Justice’

Executive Director for the Center for the Development of People (CEDEP), Gift Trapece accompanied by Rev. McDonald Sembereka this week  had a tough time to convince District Executive Committee (DEC) members in Mulanje to give them a go-ahead with a minority rights centered project called Access to Justice.

Trapence (centre)  and Rev Macdonald Sembereka

Trapence (centre) and Rev Macdonald Sembereka (right)

Among other things the project seeks to improve chances of minority groups members such as the gay to be treated with a human face when they go to law enforcement institutions mainly the Malawi Police with complaints related or not related to gayism.

Addressing the DEC meeting which was highly attended by heads of department at Mulanje Police Station, Trapece said a baseline survey by CEDEP revealed that members of the minority groups are sometimes ignored or treated with contempt at Police Stations in the country even when they go to report on issues of internal security.

Upon hearing that the project is favoring minority rights, the house took a lengthy and tiresome discussion in which many members argued that the project should be implemented elsewhere and Mulanje should be given time to see what its real intention is.

However, the project was accepted later in the day after a cross-section of the house reminded each other that CEDEP was implementing another minority rights project in the district which has registered a number of successes in the health sector, under the Sir Elton John Foundation.

In an interview after the meeting, Trapece’s comment was more or less a sigh of relief, indicating that the debate was healthy for information sharing, and that it signified that members of the Mulanje DEC truly represent views of the people in the district.

In his sentiments, Rev. Sembereka emphasized that the project is not intended to advocate for gayism or encourage women to become lesbians but rather protecting individuals from violence and torture adding the minority groups have rights like any other person.

CEDEP is to implement the Access to Justice Project in ten districts of the country, among them Mangochi, Salima, Blantyre and others, and Mulanje happens to be the first district for the organization to approach.

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4 thoughts on “CEDEP struggles to sell gay-centred project in Mulanje: ‘Access to Justice’”

  1. Rzaplia says:

    Kodi the wives of these men amati azimuna awo amagwira bwanji ntchito?

  2. Issa says:

    What has Islam to do with gay? Nsanjelekani you need to attend madrassa. Even if you don’t join Islam, but that will help improve your knowledge of Islam. Or you need to follow American politics so that you understand the birth of the organisations you are quoting. And am surprised you still talk about boko haram today? showing you don’t even follow current affairs. Boko haram that has killed thousands of Muslims, blown up so many mosques. Baba nsanjelekani mugule Tv or atakhala black and white kuti mudzitsatira news.

  3. Heriken says:

    Koma a Nsanjelekani, nkhani ili apa ya anyamata a mathanyulawa mwaimvetsa bwinobwino?

  4. Nsanjelekani says:

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