CHRR, CEDEP condemn child sexual abuse by gay man

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), have come out strongly to condemn the alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of a child by Lilongwe gay man, Kelvin Gonani.

Mtambo: Child sex exploitation unacceptable

Mtambo: Child sex exploitation unacceptable

It was reported that Gonani had been subjected to a homophobic beating in Lilongwe by some unknown assailants. However, an investigation by the two organizations reveals that contrary to the media reports, Gonani was not beaten because of his sexual orientation; rather he was beaten by some members of the Lilongwe gay community for offering his nephew for prostitution.

“CHRR and CEDEP would like to emphasise that the alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of the child in Gonani’s care is an extremely serious and worrisome accusation and it is crucial that this case is thoroughly and urgently investigated by relevant authorities”, reads a statement co-signed by the directors of the two institutions, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence.

“Much as we are interested in the promotion of equal rights and social justice in Malawi, we at CHRR and CEDEP do not condone any sexual abuse of children. This is why we are calling for Mr. Gomani to be promptly investigated and, if it is established that he indeed sexually exploited the child, he must be prosecuted. Sexual abuse of children is not only illegal in this country but is also unacceptable and should not be condoned or go unpunished.”

The two organizations say that “sexual abuse of children is not only illegal in this country but is also unacceptable and should, therefore, not be condoned or go unpunished.”

CHRR and CEDEP, however, clarify that sexual abuse of children has nothing to do with gay rights.

“Gay rights concern consensual sex between adults. In other words, none of the people involved are below the legal age for having sex, and all of them agree to what they are doing. Forced sex (rape) and sex with children (defilement) both violate the sexual rights of the victim, whether the perpetrator is of the same or opposite sex as the victim,” reads the statement.

Furthermore, the organizations urge the Malawi society to do more to protect children from sexual abuse by adults, arguing that sexual abuse of children “is a sickness that still clings to our society like a malignant cancer despite widespread campaigns to end the practice.”

“Almost every day there are reports in the media of children being sexually abused by adults, often close relatives who are expected to give them love and protection and not to abuse them. While some of the offenders are brought to court to face legal action, the sickening reality is that many others go unpunished and continue to molest innocent children. There is no excuse for this appalling behaviour.

“As a people we must stop this sick behaviour in its tracks. It is completely unacceptable that innocent children should be turned into sex objects by shameless adults who cannot control their lust, which is why we call for stiffer penalties to be meted out to people who are found guilty of such acts.

CHRR and CEDEP then fault section 138(1) of the Penal Code, which excludes defilement of boy children, saying that this provision is one-sided and hence needs to be reviewed.

“We have said it in many different forums that the law in its current state is one-sided. While the maximum sentence for child sex abuse in the Penal Code of Malawi is a life imprisonment, the Penal Code has made the mistake of assuming that only girls can be victims of sexual abuse or defilement,” the organizations argue in their statement.

The said provision, section 138(1) of the Malawi Penal Code, reads: “Any person who unlawfully and carnally knows any girl under the age of thirteen years shall be guilty of a felony and shall be liable to imprisonment for life, with or without corporal punishment.”

According to CHRR and CEDEP, this section does not discuss the issue of sexual abuse of male children, making this country a virtual paradise for those who sexually abuse boy children.

The two organizations hope that government, and all relevant authorities, will take seriously the allegation of sexual abuse of the child in  Gonani’s care.

“The law must always place the safety of children as its priority. A child who has suffered sexual abuse is robbed of their life, their dignity and all opportunities of living a “normal” life,” reads the statement.

The two organizations also appeal to the Lilongwe District Social Welfare “to consider the best interest of this child and possibly reallocate him so as to protect him from further abuse and ensure that he receives the redress to which he is entitled.”

Gonani was beaten up last weekend by fellow gay men who were trying to protect the 9-year-old boy from being sexually exploited.

While praising them for rescuing the child, CHRR and CEDEP condemn the gay men who assaulted Gonani for taking the law into their own hands, saying mob justice is illegal in Malawi.

“If anyone has reason to believe that an individual has committed a crime, we encourage that individual to report to the nearest police station or relevant authority. No one has the right to lynch or abuse any suspected criminal. Every criminal suspect has a right to fair trial in a court of competent jurisdiction as enshrined in the Malawi Constitution,” say the two organizations.

Same-sex practices are illegal in Malawi under the Penal Code sections 153, 156, and 137A.

However, activists say these laws should be repealed because they fuel homophobia, they are against international human rights treaties to which Malawi is party to and above all they are unconstitutional, a stance opposed by a majority of Malawians.

 

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Moses Makoko
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Moses Makoko
7 months 8 days ago

mtambo

Khonde
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Khonde
7 months 11 days ago

Zauchitsiruuu

Maliseni
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Maliseni
7 months 11 days ago

THAT IS WHY WE DON’T WANT GAYISM IN MALAWI. LOOK NOW YOUR MEMBERS ARE NOW PROMOTING ABUSE OF CHILDREN. GOVERNMENT OBEY THE COURT ORDER OF MZUZU HIGH COURT AND ARREST ALL GAYS, IF YOU FAIL I WILL ASK MSONDA TO MOBILIZE MALAWIANS AND KILL ALL GAYS.

Faariez
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7 months 11 days ago

Inu ndi zitsiru zotembeleredwa,This is the result of your cursed promotion of evil & dirty stinking gays,u and all gays should arrested instead.Before God you shall regret terribly for going against God in promoting what He has condemed.

Samuel
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Samuel
7 months 12 days ago

Just shut up you bunch of cursed people. Mwatikwana.

Peter W Berlin
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Peter W Berlin
7 months 12 days ago

These are games played by homosexuals. They want everyone to be one.In homosexual could not be bad but its consequences co be.Look here if Kelvin Gonani was not a gay, this could not have happened.
God will confuse you gentlemen until you see light from the Creator.How many international organizations made their long and serious deliberation over the same. Even Virgin Palmer made her deliberation over this.Malawi is God fearing nation and He will not only fight for us but defeat our enemies, the Timothy Mtambos and the Virginia Palmers of this world.

dalitso
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dalitso
7 months 12 days ago

The gays who took the law into their hands are not above the law. That was an act of violence. It does not take two wrongs to make it right. I suggest that your two organizations should proceed to report those who were involved in that brutal act and police should handle all the cases fairly including if what is reported that Kelvin was introducing you his related minor to prostitutions.

Mahefu
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Mahefu
7 months 12 days ago

Mr Mtambo I dont acctually understand you, do you say that for the sake of job or its serious? If it is job no problem but if not hell is waiting for you shame to you I dont think you come from north you are ashame to nort

rodneyminika
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7 months 12 days ago

Mbole zachamawo mbuzi za anthu zimenezo zisakhuze malamuro a malawi ma gay siamalawi ayii ,zikawavuta zitumiza mavuto awo ku azungu,zopusa

Manuel
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Manuel
7 months 12 days ago

We demand an apology frm Mtambo&co. for demonizing Malawians in the eyes of international community that we assaulted this gay for just being homosexual.

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