A Malawian gay asylum seeker in the UK says he fears he will be killed if deported to his home country following a politician public appeal to kill the LGBTI people.
The Malawian who spoke to Nyasa Times from his detention centre in Oxford, said he is facing deportation to Malawi – because he doesn’t have enough ‘proof’ of his sexuality.
The former resident of Wolverhampton, Chiyembekezo who asked for his surname to be shielded, told Nyasa Times that his boyfriend is in England and that UK Hom Office has issued him with removal direction and that his flight is on this weekend.
“My claim for asylum was refused because they say my case is not provable that I am gay. But I am proper gay with a recognisable boy friend,” said Chiyembekezo, 25.
He told Nyasa Times that he fears he would face jungle justice for his sexual orientantion in Malawi following comments made by Ken Msonda, spokesperson of the opposition People’s Party in response to the government’s decision to put a moratorium on the anti-gay laws, after an international outcry over the arrest of two gay men in December.
‘Arresting them won’t address this problem because sooner or later they are being released on bail. The best way to deal with this problem is to kILL them!’ Msonda wrote on Facebook.
‘It is pathetic to see our media houses parading these dogs on TV and newspapers hiding behind human rights — human rights my foot! The devil has no rights!’
But now the Malawi Law Society – an umbrella organization of all lawyers in the country – has said Msonda’s words constituted hate speech and called on the Human Rights Commission and police to investigate.
‘This irresponsibility takes an unacceptably different turn when political leaders and opinion makers take the lead in inciting actual violence against fellow citizens,’ it said in a statement.
‘Calling on members of the LGBTI community to be killed is hate speech and is not protected by the Constitution. It is in fact criminal.’
And presidential spokesman Gerald Viola told a local radio that President Peter Mutharika wants gay rights to be protected awaiting review of the laws.
Campaigners in Malawi say homophobic legislation is driving gays underground, making them hard to reach with information that could protect them from Aids.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :