Mutharika U-turn on gay sex vote: State House ‘clarifies’ referendum remarks

President Peter Mutharika has backed out on homosexuality referendum, saying he is not going to call for a national vote to harsh anti-gay laws but that he only expressed “an opinion” in his capacity as President of Malawi regarding the issues.

President Mutharika not trusted

President Mutharika not trusted

Responding to a question on same-sex marriages during a Talk to the President programme on taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC TV), Mutharika said Malawians hold the cards.

“On the issue of gay marriages, again I have said in our DPP manifesto that we will leave that to the people…”

Presidential spokesman Gerald Viola has since clarified that Mutharika will not call for a homosexuality referendum.

The State House spokesman said the President does not make laws and as such, Mutharika could not by-pass Parliament and the Cabinet by suggesting for a referendum.

“The President was leaving it to Malawians to decide if they would want legalization of the two issues (homosexuality and abortion) by means of referendum if need be and not meaning proposal from his government to come up with referendum on the two matters,” explained the presidential spokesman.

The ‘clarification’ comes after Mutharika’s insinuation of a referendum received a backlash.

Associate professor of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, Mwiza Nkhata, described calls for a national referendum on same-sex liasons as “absurd”.

Rights campaigners also said it was surprising for the President to be making such statements when he undertook to defend human rights and dignity for all.

Malawi’s strict anti-homosexuality laws imposes prison terms of up to 14 years for engaging in homosexual behaviour.

In addition, there are three other laws for related offenses, including an attempt at gay sex, gross indecency, and sex between two women — each with punishments ranging between five to seven years imprisonment, with or without corporal punishment.

UNAIDS argued that the Malawi’s anti-gay laws “infringe upon human rights, undermine the effectiveness of HIV programs” by stopping locals from accessing preventative measures and causing epidemic proportion of infection rates.

But faith leaders, however, dismiss the arguments, saying the HIV infection rates cannot be used as a justification to legalize same-sex acts.

The country’s spiritual leaders have dubbed being gay as a “bondage” that is against God, and alien to the country’s culture, belief’s and traditions.

The Centre for Development of People (Cedep), which works with homosexuals, said Malawi same-sex liaisons is a social-revolutions that is also taking root in the southern African nation.

“We cannot run away from the fact that we have homosexuals in our midst,” said Cedep Executive Director Gift Trapence.

Malawi attracted international pressure when a gay couple was sentenced to 14 years jail in 2010 for ‘unnatural acts and gross indecency’ before being pardoned.

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40 thoughts on “Mutharika U-turn on gay sex vote: State House ‘clarifies’ referendum remarks”

  1. TT says:

    Guys, jesus was more gay than a heterosexual! The evidence is your bibles, you fail to see it coz for your biased faith.

  2. malawi says:

    TT mulungu akuthandize kuzindikila mwa njila yowawa kuti zomwe wayankhulazo sungamuyankhulile mulungu.

  3. kunena mosapsyatila says:

    TT whether it is atheism, satanism, madness, ignorance, spiritual maladjustment, ushasha, udolo or whatever degree of insanity that is in you, you need total deliverance. May God forgive you.

  4. amfumu says:

    Homosexuality is indeed against our culture.And so is keeping conjoined twins alive,keeping children with albinism alive,girls eating liver or eggs,women having the same rights as men and many more new stuff intruding into our way of living.But why are we so selective?Culture is not static,it is constantly changing like it or not and we must just learn to live with our gay neighbours.It is only idiots who hide behind culture

  5. jokujoku says:

    Thumbs up to you ” kunena mosapsyatira ” Well narrated story of indeed the New World Order which is yet to come thru these weak president. Malawi Google the NWO and c what it says

  6. vin mongu says:

    what is wrong with referendum. what the outcry for? because you know you cannot win so you think you can just hookwink them. i was wrong sometimes about APM he is decisive outright, he was right it is the people to decide and how will the Malaiwan people decide it is by vote of course so what is wrong. I do not understand these so called rights bodies. in the mother of all democracies, USA the states voted including the most liberal of all California and California rejected same sex marriages surprisingly. APM let us vote straight in 2019 so that this thing is done with once and for all and they continue doing their antics in private. CEDEP and your colleagues with all your money stop buying votes from ministers and MPS but use the money to designate special clinics where gays can receive treatment including ARVs. Zakuvutanitu apa!!

  7. Mapwevupwevu says:

    I thout the refredrum would have been on MSB sale….Satanic eti!!!!

  8. Brazilian wax says:

    I don’t know what else are some people waiting for to realize that Peter Mutharika is a dimwit hence not material for presidency. Very indecisive!

  9. Daniel Phiri says:

    Punishment for being gay=14 years imprisonment with hard labour. Punishment for stealing billions of Kwachas tax payers’ money=11 years. And you wonder why this country us where it is? Say no more.

  10. TT says:

    Most homophobic people are usually religious especially Christians! I think it’s because Christians want to hide the fact that their prince of peace, aka jesus, was a closeted homosexual himself. I mean with all due respect an unmarried 30 something year old jewish rabbi, who preferred the company of 12 men who spend his last night as a free man chatting to a naked youth seems pretty gay to me!

  11. Most married couples exercise gay sex,the only difference is that they are in a marriage with a man and woman. Please why wasting time discussing this when their are morw economic problem in Malawi. Gay dont kill people they do their thing. The most dagerous people and who should be punished are Cash gates. These evil people should be pnished more and hanged. They have paralysed Malawi. What wrong have the gays done to the nation? Who has or have right to judge who. Who made a gay? If
    God did not want gays why did he oe she created them?

  12. Zebron George says:

    our leaders must love God first then money.

  13. jk says:

    Honestly mmene akongolera anamwali,kukoma kwake, kusalara kwake, someone nkumalimba ndi matako a biii, ndevu za pose pose? Madness!

  14. Mulangizi wa APM pa za mthibulo says:

    Kikikiki koma Bwampini, angoti wayawaya wayawaya, palibe chomwe amadziwapo pa zautsogoleri.

    Dzana wakalemba pa khoma ku kanengo, akuti iyayi pepani zinalakwika, lero akuti referendum on same sex marriages – again ai pepani tinalakwitsa. Which is which Mr Mutharika.

  15. Likoma Economist says:

    Gays, gays, gays, and more gays. Give us and the gays a break. Plesese leave these miserable people alone. Let them sodomise each other as long as they do it in privacy. Let us not spend the little money left after cashgate on legislating what consenting adults do in privacy of their homes. It is not govt’s business and neither is anybody’s business.
    Finally, govt should NOT even think of legislating sex marriages. Let us remember that being gays can f** ck each other without marrying.

  16. mike makumba says:

    Whether you like or not we us Malawian we will not allow the raw of ant gay to pass .Malawi is a God fearing country we don’t want to be punished by God like Sodom and gomola ,what’s wrong with African readers? Are you out of your senses or what? Why you just want to be read by a American? What is special with america , now thy want all Africa to copy their cuture . All African readers are brind but what I must tell the readers known as President you will regret one day , american want rule the whole world this is the bigning of the campaign.

  17. yoweri museveni kenyata says:

    xopepera basi.. anamathanyula onse deserve kuphedwa and to those mukufuna za u gay Malawi muno tiotcha manyumba anu.. blv me

  18. Kondwani says:

    Dont bring satanic constutions to malawi,whats the meaning that

  19. kunena mosapyatila says:

    Malawians there are no “human rights” in the sight of God or His word. Human rights are a covenant made by the devil & the leaders of the nations via the brothel called the UNITED NATIONS. They have a congregation called the General Assembly where all obscene things are agreed upon. God is against the perversion that the UN advocates.

    1. Leviticus 20:13- If a man has sexual relations as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their heads.

    2. Romans 1: 24-27

    The UN, World Bank, IMF etc are the making of the devil through his agents called the Illuminati who are headed by the house of Rothschild & other wealthier families. One of the Illuminati’s, John D Rockefeller donated the land where the UN premises (HQ) stand. These people manipulate govts of the world by exchanging human rights with money to advance the agenda of the devil. Surprised why Ban ki Moon came rushing after aunt Tiwo’s sentences? He was sent by his bosses. They are going to unleash hell on earth very soon via the NEW WORLD ORDER.

    Our President being an allumini & having lectured at Yale University, I suspect him to be a member of the Skull and Bones. This is a secret order under the Illuminatis that was established a long time ago at the University. The Bush family, the Clintons, Kennedys, John Kerry and many other influential families belong to this secret order. Wonder why the Presidency was given at midnight and with tears? It was the devil who was giving authority to the President (Matthew 4:9). Satan does not give his goodies for nothing. He is demanding more souls via homosexuality and abortion. The president is confused and cornered. On one hand, he would like to listen to the opposing will of his people on the other hand he would like to succumb to the will of the zealots “illuminati’s” who are his bosses.

    YOU HAVE AN ILLUMINATI IN POWER & YOU HAVE TO FACE IT.

    This September, Pope Francis is going to the UN to address the abominable General Assembly. He is going there to sale and speed up the new world order.

    WAKE UP MALAWIANS!!! REPENT AND REJECT THIS HOMOSEXUALITY & ABORTION THING.

  20. Peter Nkosi says:

    Hello again Nyasa Trash,

    Comment #12 says, “Kill them all”.

    That passed your moderation! So, you condone the killing of LGBTs, and in fact appear to promote it.

    I have taken a screen shot of comment #12, to be used in evidence when I comment to First World articles, or country reports (eg UK & US) which quote from your tatty journalism.

  21. Njalayamalamuchiuno says:

    The fact that you have thieves and other abnormalities in our societies doesnot justify the country to legalise such practices but rather fight for their elimination. For sin has no measure in the eyes of God( Sin is sin). Satan uses human beings to advance his evil agenda as is happening now with the gay debate. Let the country not perish because of practices that are abnormal to our culture.

  22. Truck says:

    WHAT A WASTE OF TIME INSTEAD OF FINDING WAYS TO STOP CASHGATE YOUR BUSY TO DEBATE ABOUT GAYS DONT LISTEN TO THE WHITES THEY JUST WANT TO USE US WE MUST WATCH OUT.

  23. ochewa says:

    Inuso a cedep asamapanga publish nkhani yanuyo kakweranani mbadyo uthete pmwrpa. Anyasatimes asalembaso za gay zimatinyasa ife. Kakambani za uvhembere wabwino asati ukwerana akazi okhakha or amuna okhaokha. You can develop if keep on talking minor issues.

  24. Teams says:

    As usual party bootlickers at MBC are at it again trying to improve the image of the President through this program but I am not sure how many people watch this program anyway now that the Malawi tv bouquet is offering quite a variety of local tv stations. This is an embarrassment and the President should speak one voice and not hide behind the so called personal opinion. He should be expressing personal opinions when talking to family and friends and not to Malawians. And you guys at MBC you will end up embarrassment the President more in your attempt to buy personal favors and next time that happens the producer of the program should be posted to become a district reporter.

  25. ENI MBANJE says:

    MUKUNGOLIMBANA NDI ZA ZIII OSAKAMBA KAYE RIFELENDUMU YOVOMELEZA CHAMBA KAYE BWANJI!!!!!!!!!!

  26. commentator says:

    Policy direction comes from the guy in driving seat. So what exactly does the president say? What is his individual position on same sex and abortion rights? We don’t want a mumbling leader, that is like a driver that asks passengers where the accelerator and break pedals are, and where to drive the bus to when he is in the driving seay ant the vehicle is already in motion.

  27. Professor Chipsenthe wa Mavuzi says:

    This shit president needs impeachment and jailed for treasonous case still hanging on his neck now than later. Lero he says one thing tomorrow totally different thing ever contradicting himself. Symptoms of mediocre president. This President is dunderhead big tym. Perfect clueless leader who knows nothing apart from f……ing that she devil who stole money from NAC meant to alleviate suffering of her fellow sick people. Yes another clueless woman running a body similar to bogus NGO whose mandate keeps on changing daily. Today its shit cleaning NGO tomorrow is a hostel building NGO. Zovetsa chisoni

  28. hk says:

    Kill them all

  29. KAMBWE says:

    gay people get 14 ..Lutepo get 11

  30. mtumbuka1 says:

    Back and forth contradicting himself typical of a layman without substance. Gays can wait since it’s not a bread and butter issue it’s sodomy. Deal with the ailing economy other than the useless gay issues.

  31. ... says:

    Professor of University of Cypruss, Texas.
    That is why he is incompetent, unqualified, useless and clueless in the affairs of the country.
    Malawi of Kamuzu,Bakili, Bingu and JB was a prosperous Malawi. Pano wina aliyense akulira bcoz of hike in basic goods and the like. Anthu alibe ndalama, ma business akulu akulu akuseka, akakhala ang’ono nde akulandidwa katundu ndi a City. Mloweyu wabweretsa umphawi mu Nyasa muno.
    Malo mothandiza anthu ake, taonani mapwevupwevu lomwe Bandawe/Nyirenda leader akupita kukaononga ka forex kochepa kaja ku China ndi delegation ya anthu 75 onsewo ma allowances in dollars.

    Do us a favour, RESIGN.

  32. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    APM seems to be on the right course here: we do not want to be governed by referendums in this country.
    Brave leaders make political decisions, with calculations; rather than leaving the decision to the majority. Politicians are elected by majority, and should not abscond responsibility by passing on decisions to the same majority. Otherwise, minorities will always be trampled on by the majority. And that is not right.
    Think of this classical example: slavery of Africans by Europeans would never have been abolished if the decision was left to the voters – the slave owners, traders of slave commerce, and generally, the whites to were benefiting from the abomination.
    Malawi should decide like the way South Africa and Mozambique did. This country is not special, in the realm of human rights; and there is no reason to decide using a different route.

  33. Prince A says:

    Nigga,
    This Munthalika bull, also said in his manifesto that, He is gonna bring the new world order into the country of Malawi. People, you aint know? He is a fricked Illuminati member. To hell with his shyt. dck head!

  34. Makwasa says:

    This is the most disorganized administration We’ve ever had!!! Total madness, misplaced priorities, no sense of direction, the economy is in on its knees, the Kwacha is on a downward spiral, health care is in the toilet, education is non-existent and Our leadership is in a deep slumber and Malawians have been hypnotized into inactivity and accepting business as usual. DZUKA MALAWI DZUKA!!!

  35. steve kamphandila says:

    Esh the story nauseating,why can’t you report on development?

  36. kabotolokamo says:

    This Munthalika guy not fit for purpose !

  37. Dwambazi says:

    Wishy-washy government, the left doesn’t know what the right is doing…….dzuka Malawi dzuka nkale unayamba kugona!!!!!

  38. MOKHIWA says:

    ZINATERONSO PAjA PA NKHANI YOGULITSA MSB

    ENAFE CHIKHULUPILIRO PA D P P

    CHACHOKA LERO ANENA ZINA

    MAWA ÁNENA ZINA Aaaaa !!!
    KENAKO APANGA ZAWO ZOKOMERA IWO ENI MONGA ANACHITA PA MSB OSAFUNSA
    NDI PARLIAMENT YOMWE TAA !!

  39. Sarafina says:

    Why do gay males get 14 years and gay females get half that??????

    Ofcourse I believe religion should not be used to infringe on anyone’s rights, but if we are going to punish someone for being who they are (which is ridiculous) why offer two different punishments depending on gender??

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