Opposition demand gay laws review in Malawi Parliament

Leader of opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera has criticised the state for dropping charges against two gays, saying suspension of homosexual laws should be approved by parliament.

Sam Mpasu: Malawi should not accept alien culture just because we are poor

Sam Mpasu: Malawi should not accept alien culture just because we are poor

Chakwera said this after minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu said the state has dropped homosexual charges against Cuthbert Kulemeka, 19 and Kelvin Gonani who were charged with an offence of having sex against the order of nature, a charge which attracted a maximum of 14 years imprisonment with hard laour. ”

This is a very serious issue which needed to be tabled in parliament. Government on ts own should not have suspended the laws,” Chakwera said on am interview with a local radio station on Monday.

Leader of New Labour Party Sam Mpasu said it was unfortunate that powerful rich nations find it easy to pressurise weak poor nations like Malawi on issues like homosexuality leaving out other powerful rich nations.

“They cannot do this to countries like Saudi Arabia who have tougher laws on sexuality than Malawi. Malawi is their easy prey,” said Mpasu .

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch and the American and German embassies in Malawi had condemned the mens’ arrest.

Mpasu said the government was in very difficult situation to appease conservative Malawians who are against homosexuality on one hand and appease the powerful donor countries who gives Malawi the much needed aid money.

Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu has said government has suspended anti-gay laws pending a vote on whether to revoke the legislation.
“We are responding to the concerns that people have had that we have breached our international obligation, so people complained, especially the international community,” said Tembenu.

According to political scientist Boniface Dulani of the University of Malawi, the moratorium on anti-gay laws, despite its compliance with international norms, comes at a political cost in a country where, polls indicate, disapproval of homosexuality is the norm.

“If you look at survey numbers, you see that up to 95 percent of Malawians disapprove of homosexuality,” said Dulani. “This decision … [can] cost the government some political support.”

The government tried to strike a balance Saturday releasing a statement saying is “committed” to reviewing the anti-homosexuality law but with “consultations with the people of Malawi.”

The public has resisted two previous attempts to change the homosexuality law.

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zopusa
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Dzuka Malawi dzuka, stand up and say no to westerners

zopusa
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My dear Malawians, its sad that most people don’t now that this behaviour is being encouraged as a propaganda to wipe out black race in the world, they know Africans have a tendency of copying what westerners do, they know African can be manipulated easy because of its poor status and muzungu can do anything for his interests, hence forcing you Africans slowly accepting this behaviour in the name of human rights. If they want to talk about human rights why so much racism in there counties? why can’t they open borders ? Why are they keeping people looking for… Read more »
kusimbwa
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A malawi apa tikupindulapo chani? Thandizo akutimana komanso ndikutiuza kuti tidziphwanya malamulo athu so who is benefiting on this we want powerful president who will stand by the will of pple no matter what osati izi zomangozitembenuza momwe angafunirezi mind you 2019 is around the corne you will harvest what u a planting today ife tikukuonani kuti simukuchita zokomera amalawi omwe chuma chawo ndichomwe mukuendetsera boma ndi kutsata ya azungu omwe akukumanani thandizo Pitirizani

william frazer harawa
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william frazer harawa

Dont waste time with Ant gay laws review it ll end up puting the nation into trouble with our donors jst live it as it is the gvnmnt released them n dropped charges not that the gvnmnt is happy wth that but to set up a friendly environment wth those who are much concerned

Mccarthy
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This is bullshit!!

loka
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totally bull shit should minoriies drive on the right side of the road ?

ngongoliwa
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Wot d u expect from gay president. That’s marriage of convenience at state house,,,,,,,

Normandy
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Is it just me or is it grotesque to see these primitive savages debating equality for human beings? Man, talk about backwards!! Guess that make sense because years ago they sold their own people…

ngongoliwa
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VUTO IS THAT MOST PIPO IN GOVT NOW ARE GAY, JUST LOOK AT CHAPONDA KKKKKK KKK

ruth warren
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Anganyengane ndi chaponda ndani? Kunyasa kosekuja? Mcxiiiiii

Kenkkk
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Yes indeed why don’t we hear these westerners condemn countries like Saudi Arabia and the whole of the Middle East and Asia as well. There anyone practicing sodomy if caught is put to death. Muslim countries are very strict, yet the westerners are very quiet. Is it because of their wealth and oil?

I agree with laz, this need to be debated in parliament.

Anti Orange
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Malawi signed the UN Declaration of Human Rights and as such is expected to act accordingly. You cannot sign up to a convention / international law then pick out the bits that suit you. I would love to be able to omit the bits of Road Traffic law about driving fast and using my phone. But we are all human and all expect similar rights. Also whose god is it anyway? Where is Malawi’s culture from 200 years ago? Religion is just a fantasy written by those who seek t prosper by its adoption by the weak. What a fantastic… Read more »
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