Religious leaders’ outcry over gay moratorium in Malawi

Religious leaders are expected to speak out against government decision to bow down to donor pressure to allow same sex marriages.

Red Dr ZacKawalala: Malawi government should not support behaviour of homosexuality, money or no money

Red Dr ZacKawalala: Malawi government should not support behaviour of homosexuality, money or no money

Last week, the powerful and vocal religious leaders asked the government not to relent on its crack down on homosexuals despite serious condemnations from donors and international community.

Pastor Zacheas Kawalala set the tone last week along with a member of Malawi Council of Churches, a grouping of Presbyterian and Pentecostal churches, who asked the authorities to continue arresting those involved in homosexuality.

The Catholic Church and Muslims have in the past made their stand clear, Malawi should not have same sex marriages, and it is unGodly.

Traditional leaders have also condemned homosexuality in Malawi describing it as alien.

The debate follows the arrest of Cuthbert Kulemeka, 19 and Kelvin Gonani, 33 who were arrested, charged and detained on gay sex grounds.

They risked jail term of up to 14 years hard labour for having sex “against the order of nature.”

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has since ordered the drop of the charges of the two, saying Malawi is a signatory to international laws that allow homosexuality.

The US, the United Kingdom and Germany all raised their voices against the arrest of Kulemeka and Gonani, saying they were subjected to inhumane testing of their anus.

However Tembenu said the state would punish anyone who forces another person in homosexuality.

He said there were reports that Gonani forced himself into Kulemeka and when Kulemeka threatened to scream out for help in Gonani’s house, Gonani threatened to shout as well to tell people that Kulemeka was a thief.

Justice Minister further said Kulemeka was enticed with K30 000.

Tembenu added that the Malawi government acknowledges the viewpoint that no one should be arrested on the grounds of their sexuality or gender identity, and re-committed to reviewing the country’s anti-gay laws.

However, he added that any law review would be carried out “in consultation with the people of Malawi as prescribed by the Constitution”.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

56 thoughts on “Religious leaders’ outcry over gay moratorium in Malawi”

  1. Timve says:

    I strongly agree with you all Malawi Loving People. We are God loving people, Malawians both Christians and Moslems together are not dirty people. It is an abomination for a man to marry another man or woman to marry another woman. Let these super powers keep their money we will live with our dire poverty till God rescues us.

    These foreign super powers take us for granted. Let them keep their £ & $ and the rest. When will they learn from China or Russia?

  2. madiru mhango says:

    The so called western powers are back in Africa. They brought the Bible, we humbly accepted it and became true believers as opposed to their hypocricy. Then to parallel the Bible message of love, they brought and published basic human rights. From here Satan seized the opportunity: now everything sinful dresses in rights uniform with satans money dangling for poor nation not to resist him that brings death.Pride of the US and its poodle followers will destroy them before it destroys us, its subjects.Man shall not live by bread alone, let them keep their bread.

  3. Whiteman God blessed you with wisdom and you are indeed our Model in all aspect of life but why Satan want to shame you on such a dirty issue?Satan is mocking you becoz he knows how great God has used you to bring the world to a such standard of life all over the world.Is this the rising and falling of whiteman in this world?Surely I challenge you whiteman God will never be mocked something is about to happen upon you if you obey not the living God.What is wrong and bad it remains no matter what, and the best remains best.How beauty is the nature of woman whose body is attractive like ice-cream that you lick/suck all over.Who can say a man is beautiful? Even your language changes describes man to be handsome meaning there’s difference.Satan you are liar our eyes will never get blind upon the nature God has blessed us real men, then what is so wonderful to have enjoyed in this world than wooomaaaaan?Whiteman even if you punish us on this matter your days are numbered believe me.Kingdoms grew up so beyond in the past but later all ended up in disaster you know it, if you dont open your eyes you are the next the world will laugh at.We dont compete against the living God.

  4. wodabwa says:

    Let gays be allowed then chaos will follow and let every right be practiced even marrying goats shud be aright and then only Jesus will bring peace and order for man will fail I support the rubbish for it will make Jesus come to cleanse the world of its sins amen

  5. musisipala says:

    The U N is becoming a rubbish body intending to decolonised MALAWI on the issue of gays.Money should not turnish our culture. Mtambo and Trepence have assimilated to western culture in search for wealth. MALAWI has its own rules.

  6. mp says:

    mugabe calls them fools worse than dogs. Uhuru tells Obama in the face that dd kenya z not ready for that. Muthalika suspends laws against this immorality! hey Bwana bwanji? ndakwiya nanu. If u think donors will vote u bak in 2019, u will be shoked. This z malawi

  7. Gome Gondwe says:

    This is evil.why we Malawians. Lord have mercy on us.

  8. gibo says:

    God have mercy to our country.all this its because of being poor why God why?

  9. Nsambo, Joseph Mickson says:

    I do not support the idea of same sex marriage. Marriage is a Holy Sacrament oidain by Christ. One man vs one woman! President Robbert Gabriel Mugabe gives an inspiring statement as he say “Barack Obama should marry Tony Blair and the day Tony gives birth, there he can go to Zimbabwe and tell people to follow suit.” Marriage is for procreation. Malawians, let us wake up from the slumber.

  10. khwangwi says:

    Where is Dr. Lazarus Chakwera our beloved Reverend Leader of Opposition? He must stand up to be counted. Here is his test of leadership. If he fails to tick here he has failed for all times, because it will be clear to everybody now that this man is an opportunist and not a true leader.

  11. tankandeko says:

    Kodi mukabadwa inu anakati bambo anu atenge mphongo inzawo. What kind of aid do you get after accepting evil? What is the position of God in our society? Remember blessed is the Nation whose Lord is God

  12. Bwemba Sodyeramchere says:

    Kodi mukabadwa inu anakati bambo anu atenge mphongo inzawo. What kind of aid do you get after accepting evil? What is God is watching

  13. chembiya says:

    Malawi should have referendum on this animalsh behaviour we better be poor than being animals all our Holy Books : Holy Quoran and Bible are against this. Shame on usssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  14. Mcfurry kalaundi says:

    Indeed satan is rulling,,,what kind of human rights are donors talking about ?,homesexuality ?, lord have mercy on us !!

  15. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA says:

    THE DEVIL IS WINING WHILE THE ALMIGHTY GOD IS WATCHING

  16. Kaziulika Chimugonda says:

    Referendum results in Slovenia on the same issue came out today. Two thirds of the people voted against gay marriage. Therefore, it is unlawful for men or women only to get married. Why did our Government do the same? Our President said that this issue Malawians will decide. Why going behind our back? We have a big problem. Our dear brothers in Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe have said NO. I regret my vote! I fear the future of this country.

  17. Cash Gate says:

    Aaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!, sizabwinotu zimenezi, zowona aboma alore zimenezi chifukwa chofuna chuma

  18. JARLEZ KHASU says:

    End of days. be with us GOD.

  19. CITIZEN says:

    MEN OF GOD CONDEMN THIS STRONGLY

  20. Thyolo Thava says:

    What did you expect from Peter..This was long overdue. …………………………

    He is a foreigner.. He doesnt know malawi………………………..Munakana abusa lero ndi izi . Ana anu akweledwa matako

  21. Kanyimbi says:

    If APM wants to rule well then he must follow what God wants otherwise………………….

  22. Mzozo kununkha says:

    Mr Tembenu donor money is not a reason for compromise. If you sign that document honestly its your own fate guys, we are not signatories by the way and will never be. Ever had time to think why in there is a low prevalence rate in America or in Europe even though UHULE ndi wannanu, and high in Africa? Do you think we are too uncivilized to combat this? isn’t it that the World Health Organization is having a hand on this? open your eyes……… Now they are pressing you hard so as to order the law enforcers to release them…………. Ever had time to think of mob justice and why its on the increase? mumawaputatu anthu dala………. If you can’t punish them then let the public do it for you………. If donors are pushing you hard, pull them….. tell them Malawi is a Sovereign state and we don’t have colonial masters…….. to hell with their demonic agenda

  23. gober says:

    Just a word to the clergy: this country is not a church and should not bound to follow the church doctrines. Just use your time and energies to advise your followers not to practise what your respective churches dont want. If I may ask you, is prostitution Godly? Is beer drinking Godly? Is polygamy Godly? Is fonication Godly? If they are not as some would say,,why are they allowed in Malawi? is the same thing we treat these issues as we can treat gayism: at church level and not national level. Stop the noise.

  24. Mandela says:

    Guyz osalimbana ndi boma wina aliyense akudziwa kumene ku anthu amasulidwa alembe pompa tithana nawo tokha kuti adziwe kuti zimene limanena boma timachita kulituma akapezeka aphedwe basi tiyambila ku 25 konko chama 1pm lero ngati mukuwadziwa lembani maina awo basi tipanga tokha

  25. MILTON says:

    GOD IS NEAR EVEN AT THE DOOR.HE WHO READTH LET HIM UNDERSTAND.

  26. Sapitwa says:

    If Malawi was financially strong like the Muslim countries with oil wells, this issue could have been buried long time ago. Have you ever seen Diplomats taking any advantage of such countries? No!
    Malawi being heavily dependent on aid with every single politician and other organizations including these Religious Leaders ever plead with Donor countries to resume aid.You have to make your position very clear to the Donor countries that you don’t want to see the gay and lesbian people with their freedom therefore you would rather forfeit aid period! But if you push for aid, then don’t isolate the freedom of gay and lesbian people. It’s a condition you have to accept or reject to win one and loose the other but not winning both.
    Unfortunately desperate as you are, poverty stricken as you are, you can’t stand tall and declare your position. So stop this nonsense of complaining when you have no teeth to bite. I support the government for making its position clear! After all if I live next to a gay or lesbian but I don’t associate with either of them in any way, I cannot be declared a sinner in living in the same country and area with them.

  27. Gadabwali says:

    Peter told us to get over donor aid since the donors have gone forever! Ndiye mpaka kulola maukwati wa amuna ndi akazi okhaokha ncholinga choti madonors ayambe kupereka thandizo? Peter wagulitsa dziko lathu kwa satana, Mulungu akukantha udziwanso.

  28. The Most Concerned says:

    It’s not about accusing those in the High Office abt the Homosexuality. If u want it 2 be handled Biblically, let’s handle it the Stephano way. Let’s stone them to Death, period!

  29. Midfielder says:

    The problem here is that we forget that Malawi is a circular nation with too many oportunistic, luke warm Christians most of whom are just as corrupt as an LGBT person’s mind may seem to them. God help us all.

  30. Mjomba Yusuf Jonas says:

    Kodi mwaiwala Sodom ndi Gomola?

    I think timazinamiza ponena kuti tchimo lililonse ndi lofanana pamanso pa mulungu but the fact is that pali matchimo akulu ndinso pali matchimo aang’ono.

    ichi nchifukwa chake Mulungu analanga anthu owonjeza kuchita utchimo yet panalinso ena ankachita matchimowa koma moopa.

    kuvomera mathanyula ndi chiyambi cha mavuto osatha kumalawi kuno

    tingoti pheee, tione

    (kupha ndi kumwa mowa sizingafanane the same apply mathanyula ndi cash gate mziwiri zosiyana)

  31. redeemed says:

    So ultimately the donors are willing to save our lives at the cost of our soul. This cenario reminds me of the story of Esau and Jacob when the elder one resorted to selling his birth right for mere meat and lost all the blessings. I wish our leaders had wisdom enough to make the wisest decision at times like this.

  32. Parallel Market says:

    Aid or no aid we will pursue all homosexuals with all our energy and zeal.

  33. Brave says:

    Mabvuto

  34. john phiri says:

    Its every body’s rights to chose to do evil or good before our creator. God will judge. Is it the only sin that is practiced here in Malawi? There are many sins we do against our country and our God; stealing, lie, witchcraft, envy, rebellion, hatred, smoking, drunkenness , and many gay let them do same as people chose to smoke.

  35. AKA NYAKWAWA says:

    Moya wangaza…….Mulungu amukanthe vwampini kufikira ufumu wa Mulungu uwonekere…..We need born againsvto lead us not this satanic government….God bless Malawi.

  36. Prophet Justice says:

    This nonsense and madness disguised as human rights by so called foreign diplomats must be stopped.

    Malawi is a sovereign state and as such must be allowed to make her own choices. No country whatsoever can impose this kind of sinful and shameful act. I even wonder when the minister of constitutional affairs says no person should force another into sodomy when he is allowing Germany, USA and UK to force us into mathanyula:what an irony! Does the minister have powers to suspend constitutional law?

  37. Peter Nkosi says:

    Re the first sentence: same-sex marriages are NOT being allowed, but only consensual-same-sex acts. Why has this article raised the non-existent issue of same-sex marriages?

  38. Ayobeee de Zobue says:

    If the government can do this evil then you should as well legalize rape on women. A government without laws is no longer sovereign. You Tembenu kidding on us. You organise on these activities.

  39. Kholowamkabula says:

    Which sin is greater than the other? If Malawi is a God fearful nation, how come the poor are dying poor when others are banking millions? If Malawi is a fearful nation, that means 95% fear God, is it the only 5% that is terrorising,depriving the lives of poor people, stealing, adultery? Abale anga Inu don’t you think them people terrorising malawi not God fearing pipo? What difference does it carry to be gay and be Christian thief? Lolani tiligu ndi namsongola zikulile limidzi, mwini adzasankha yekha patsikulo!

  40. Namacherenga says:

    What is so newsworthy about this wishful thinking? nyasatimes please some of these so called reporters have nothing to report and should not waste our time.

  41. padoko says:

    Where os PAC on this? Za Northern Republic ndi kuthamangira koma apa ndiye kuti ziii!!!!

  42. padoko says:

    Malawi is a now a rotten nation where donors are worshipped better than God. What a shame to this un Godly nation. God is watching

  43. Ijeku says:

    I think arresting them only attracts international outcry and gives the bully western nations a platfoam to exercise their arrogance on us. I would suggest that they shouldn’t be arrested but if they try to display their stinking behaviour in public they should be humiliated in the strongest possible way(not physically) that where ever they go, they should remember not to repeat their foolishness.Humiliation should be the tool here!!

  44. stephen says:

    shame. these r realy signs of the end times.

  45. kunta says:

    Just pray don’t you have faith?

  46. Patriot says:

    We need to Pray and Fast.
    Peter MUST FALL

  47. Truth shall prevail says:

    The religious leaders regard themselves as saints. Fotseki. Yet they are fornicators and adulterers and indeed commit a lot of sins. Is same sex marriage the only sin in Malawi?

  48. ANTI-GAY says:

    You guys are not just anything. You need to do more ngati a mipingo. Talk, speak and shout.

  49. zimkambani says:

    I fail to understand how the Hon Minister is unable to make a difference between sexual orientation and sexual act. The two were arrested not for their orientation BUT for the act. Our Laws address acts and not orientation. Please please let us stick to our constitution or else their will be anarchy. No one will respect our laws if we are the first to break them society will be torn a apart. Be wise and reject the act we can not run away from orientation. Make this very clear and we will save our beloved Malawi

  50. Antoni apaphata says:

    Tembenu ndi mbuzi:-
    1- the guys were arrested after a tip. OK. Kenako
    2- the guys were arrested because they broke the law. OK kenako
    3- the guys were just taken into police custody for their protection.
    4- they were arrested for indecent exposure. As if that is not enough now
    5- they were arrested because. One was forcing himself on the other.
    Kodi ndi chain? Kupepela

  51. george says:

    Lesbians,samesex,gay, and others u name them were also created by GOD let them do what they feel is right

  52. Munyane says:

    You can allow home sex today but believe you me when I became president of this country in 2019 I will arrest them all

  53. The Analyst says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    . . . Its regrettable how APM and his justice minister could just wake up and decide to suspend the anti-gay laws or uphold the suspension. Isn’t this the same APM who vowed to defend the laws of Malawi? Taking us for a ride coz he is a professor of law, maybe? This is bad!
    . . . Has he already forgotten that others have tagged him and his govt, a people who cant be trusted. Now Instead of working to prove the critics wrong, he is living and acting his critics; word after word. This is disgusting!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    . . . Tsono a opposition, you need to wake up from your slumber! Nchito yanutu siyongotsutsa zinthu zopanda pake apa nkungokhala chete iai! This misguided APM is raping the country’s laws and all we can hear from you is silence? Amatero? A a!
    . . . A Kamlepo Kaluwa, are you not the man who, sometimes fight lone battles? Why not rush to court for an injunction for the laws not to be suspended as you always do pa zinthu zopanda pake? Kapena nanu ndi gay?
    . . . If the opposition were clever, they would use this as an opportunity to score even more political points. Alas! They are being patient with thinking? Sad!
    . . . The CSOs can’t even mobilise us against this weak government. Zowawa bwanji!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . I wish I knew any gay around town, I would travel incognito and open loose his intestines through the a** ndithu! Mxiiiiiiiiiii!!! Disgusting!!!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  54. ngongoliwa says:

    The problem is that Malawi is a secular nation as such the countries constitution is paramount. This is the truth though not easy to swallow.
    Our frends like iran, Egypt r so clear ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF SO SO simple.
    Let’s try The Christian Republic of malawi, wot abt Muslims?? Wot abt Thindwa??
    We are in trouble, no way about it, has come to stay. Kamuzu once said DEMOCRACY NDI NKHONDO, LERO MWAIONA?? AFRICA IS DANCING TO IT’S OWN HASTENED DECISIONS.
    NDANGODUSAMO KKKKK.
    MUCHALI KULIRA MWAWANA, THIS HAS COME TO STAY, U LOVE OR HATE IT, SOME CLERGY ARE GAYS ALREADY KKKKKK

  55. Mlomwe says:

    Does the president belong to any of churches in Malawi?i don’t think so maybe you need to ask people fromThyolo because i haven’t heard he has went to worship somewhere.Where does he belong?

  56. Kershaw says:

    God will surely punish this nation with no time

Comments are closed.