UK against discrimination of gays in Malawi: No homophobia

Britain through its High Commission in Lilongwe has added its voice against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTI) people following arrest of two men based on their sexual orientation.

Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner to Malawi: Respect LGBTI rights

Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner to Malawi: Respect LGBTI rights

Malawi Police at Kanengo station in the capital Lilongwe on Monday, December 7, 2015 arrested two men on suspicion that they were engaging in homosexual acts in their house at Area 25 Township.

A 19-old Cuthbert Kulemera and 33-year-old Kelvin Gonani were arrested on suspicion that they may have had sex in the house of one of the suspect.

UK High Commission in Lilongwe took to Twitter to express concern on the arrest of the suspected gay men.

“We are concerned over the recent reports regarding the breaking of the moratorium on LGBTI rights,” tweeted the UK High Commission.

The tweet follows similar criticism by the Centre for the Development of the People (Cedep) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) against the government and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) of breaching a moratorium on LGBTI.

Malawi in November 2012 stopped arresting people for same-sex intimacy pending a review of the country’s anti-gay laws.

The moratorium is related to High Court review of the constitutionality of Malawi’s anti-gay laws.  The court invited government agencies, religious bodies and civil society organizations to take part in that review.

Malawi’s solicitor general and secretary for justice,  Janet Chikaya-Banda told U.N. Human Rights Committee last year that a review by the Law Commission was stalled because of a lack of financial resources, even though the country has the  political will to deal with the matter.

Under Malawian law, sexual intimacy between men is punishable by 14 years in prison; for women, the punishment is five years. But the constitutionality of those laws is currently in question. Human rights activists argue that the laws violate Malawi’s constitutional protections for citizens regardless of their sex, race, tribe or religion.

The High Court is focused on a review of the case of three men — Amon Champyuni, Mathews Bello and Musa Chiwisi — who were convicted in 2011 and are serving sentences ranging from 10 to 14 years for practicing homosexuality.

UK High Commission called on government and civil society organisations to ensure implementation of the Draft 2016-2020 Malawi National Human Rights Action Plan which includes strengthening justice for LGBTI persons.

“LGBTI person in Malawi should not be discriminated against in any way,” tweeted the UK High Commission.

EU head of delegation in Malawi, Marcel Gerrmann retweeted that European Union “continues to support local efforts to end discrimination against LGBTI persons in Malawi.”

United States ambassador Virginia Palmer also expressed concern with discrimination of LGBTI people.

According to National Police spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa, argued that the police only acted to protect the lives of the two from the angry mob that was stoning the house of one of the suspects.

“We took them to our police office just for their own safety because on that day, these two people’s lives were in danger.

“People, who surrounded the suspect’s house, could have done anything because they know [him] as one of the people who sodomise young boys. That’s why we released them two days after the arrest,” said Gondwa as quoted in the local press.

Several religious groups have been vocal in their support of the existing anti-gay laws. In February, the Malawi Muslim Association proposed imposing the death penalty on homosexuals.

Opponents of the anti-gay laws include CEDEP, the Malawi Law Society, CHRR, the University of Malawi’s Faculty of Law, and the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders living with or affected by HIV.

According to Gift Trapence, executive director of CEDEP, homophobia is on the increase in Malawi.

Homosexuality has been a contentious issue in Malawi since at least 2009, when two men were arrested and charged with public indecency for getting married in a traditional ceremony. They were later pardoned by then President Bingu wa Mutharika under pressure from international aid donors and the United Nations.

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53 thoughts on “UK against discrimination of gays in Malawi: No homophobia”

  1. Funzo says:

    Comment 2: if UK were to accept all Malawian gays, you would be surprised how many would wish to make the move!

  2. Grey Bootrois Makuti says:

    Homosexual Is Not Accepted In Our Country, Therefore I Encourage Our To Arrest Anyone Invoved And Bring Them To Book

  3. Smaggler says:

    Malawi sadzathekanso. Kodi Mzungu amatiganizira chani? Damn spiece they are

  4. brian says:

    its high time everyone live their life the way they feel, tilipo ndipo tizikwatanabe kumatako. why are u so concerned with what we want

  5. Bristol says:

    These people from the west are senseless. You are a product of man and woman and yet you encourage people for same sex marriages. I fail to understand the reasoning. People who indulge in same sex marrages are worse than dogs because the latter can identify its mate. Shame on you for your uncultural, unbiblical and inhumane behaviour.

  6. WILLARD MUBVUMBI says:

    Gays are human beings. Treat them nicely.

  7. Kenn says:

    We are tired wth your shit properganda, hold your aid we dont want ths EVIL ACT IN MALAWI. THUS WHY YOU ARE @ WAR OF WORDS WITH RUSSIA. A Malawi tisagonjere ni zopusazi

  8. mbwiye says:

    Malawi is Malawi why people from UK talking about MALAWI about the Gay? A Malawi tinganenepo kapena kudzudzula zochitika ku UK?

  9. mtumbukaweniweni says:

    MBUZI SIZINATHE KOMA MULUNGU AZATILANGA KWAMBIRI ZIKO LATHU CHIFUKWA CHA NDALAMA ZA AZUNGU, NDALAMA ZAWO IZO APITE NAZO CHONDE APULEZIDENT ATHU MULUNGU AKHALE PATSOGOLO, AZUNGU SIANTHU ANZERU NDIPO ANACHOKAPO PAMASO PACHAUTA. MUSAWAMVERE OR ATACHOKAKO KUNO KUMALAWI SIKULAKWA.
    NDIPO BAIBLE LIMATI KULAKWA KWA MAKOLO MIBADO YAMBIRI YAKUTSOGOLO IZAONA MAVUTO, CHONDE ANATHU ASAZAVUTIKE CHIFUKWA CHA NDALAMA ZA AZUNGU. APITE KWAWO.

  10. TUDZI says:

    ATSAMUNDA INU NDALAMA ZANUZO KHALA NAZONI, KOMA ZOTI IFE TIZIKWATANA KU MATAKO TAKANA, NDIPO SITILORA. ALIYESE OCHITA KHALIDWE LA UTCHISI LIMENERI, TINJATA, IWEYO NERVIN OPITE KWANU AKAKUKWATE UYU WAWINA KUMENE BOXING UYU

  11. MFITI ZALIMBANA. says:

    Mwakana Mulungu chifukwa cha ndalama. Zitsiru zidakalipobe ku Malawi. Why men only I haven’t heard about ladies samesex in Malawi why?

  12. REALLY? says:

    What is homophobia. If you really look at the semantics homo means person . phobia means fear. So this is just a propaganda tool to allow this abnormal un African greek behavior to inflitrate in society. What is normal in the West is not normal in Africa. Western culture is anti- Family, anti procreation and now they are literally shoving”it” down the africans Throat and they will come after the male children to be perverted.

  13. malichal says:

    To hero with your aid but as Malawian we say NO TO HOMOSEXUAL. Malawi has alot of problems but homosexuality is not a problem to us and we don’t need your interventions. When you hear that people are dying in hospitals because of lack of drug, you remain quite. Mind you this is our country and let us govern in our own way by pursuing molar ethical principles which agrees with our culture and religion. British let Malawian be a sovereign nation,mind you this is not a colonial era

  14. Eye Witness says:

    Many Malawians think fucking is culture eeh? Its just expression of sexuality…if one dude fucks a friend in the asshole what is it that this has got to do with you? Leave them alone. Go fuck your wife or mistress in the vagina that’s all.If you claim to be God or Allah fearing keep teaching the youngsters that the vagina I the only place to fuck. If your teachings are right Malawi will never have gays. But you claim to be God fearing when you are not. How many times have you been fucking women in the mouth? Is that your culture? How many times have you been fucking bitches? Is this your religion? How many times have you abandoned your wives to fuck young school girls? Is that God fearing?. Foreign diplomats speak because our leaders have signed so many rights treaties some of which are supposed to protect the gays. Ask the leaders to withdraw our allegiance to such treaties then people will keep quiet. Remember it took Ban Ki Moon to stop Bingu from jailing Monjeza and Chimbalanga (Aunt Tiwo case). The constitution you think you want to protect there is no close which say Malawi is God or Allah fearing nation. But upholds freedom of religion. This means you can even be a non believer and that’s okay. You can have a tree as your god and that’s okay. Daily mukubunyula nde muziti mfwemfwe culture culture culture yakuti? Yambaninso kuvala zibiyatu, nyanda ndizina zotero.

  15. mavuto says:

    Iyi ndiye mbuzi inanso yachizungu. Mzakotu anathamangisidwa ndi Bingu wasala iwe . Persona kwinako uzipitiriza wekha. Ngati simufuna kutithandiza sibwino kumakokomeza nkhani zopusa za ma guy izi. Komanso nanu kwanuko sizikuyenda ndiye musamanamizire kuti simukuthandiza chifukwa cha nkhani zopusa ngati izi. You must be very stupid high commisioner and I declare you persona ……

  16. Bwemba Sodyeramchere says:

    Even a dog knows the opposed sex is for sexual relationship not same sex. Well done Malawi Police take the culprits to book and let the laws of the land do its work

  17. Johnston says:

    UK and America people to hell with your ideas… Those ideas are cursing the Malawi land that it can not be sown for business and government. The blood of Jesus be on you ambassors of UK and America for sowing the seeds of evil in Malawi. The land of Sodom and Gomoroh could not be sown because of evil men like you. Go to hell if you do not repent. We do not need your aid with your evil go please… God will take care of His people. God is able to turn Malawi like America and impoverish all your evil banks.

  18. Cocoon says:

    You should arrest the prisoners then, please educate yourselves, gays are not murderers, they are lovers. There is no justices in Malawi. Lawyers are so corrupted.

  19. Aaron Mwala says:

    Hospitals have no medicine,s, floods are devastating the country, Mothers are dying while birth. All this doesn’t matter but let’s all make sure gay people have rights in malawi. That’s what he is in malawi for. What a waste of space

  20. super mario says:

    These want to impose stupid freedoms in our country. Gays have freedom but those people you are killing in Iraq, Syria and Afghanstan have no freedom? Britain and Americans are f**## liars, murderers just like your accomplices Saudi Arabia. Go and fuck pigs just like your Cameroon. Leave us alone, we don’t want the anger of God to befall our sweet country. By the way which bible do these idiots read? if at all they believe in God.

  21. super mario says:

    Udzipita nawe. Persona non chani paja?

  22. Mirella K says:

    Another stupid mnzungu there! We say NO to homosexuals!

  23. Chingwe cha mbuzi says:

    Simulemba: Nevin is a hardcore thug. That is why he is defending men having sex with men. If homosexuality or matha nyula is good, why does Nevin fuck his Japanese wife? By the way, your tour of duty expired in June 2015. Why are you clinging to Malawi? Malawi is tired with good for nothing diplomats like Michael Nevin.

  24. Chingwe cha mbuzi says:

    Go to hell Michael Nevin and your fellow Colonialists.

  25. Strong believer says:

    Gays deserves nothing short of death coz dey r not human beings God created man and woman so dat procreation could be achieved by condoning dis practice it’s like we are challenging God which is tantamount to blasphemy Trapence has chosen the devil over the Most High!

  26. vvwa says:

    Mbudzi navin dis is Malawi not England

  27. Washington Fixon Awali says:

    My fell Malawian it’s now few years have been gone where by our relative has dead due to the Donors pull out their donations to Malawi. I would like to advise the High Commissioner for UK to remains silent if he has something to comment.

    What should he knows is that we have our own culture and they need to pay respect on that. Don’t take advantage that because we poor then forcing us to practice evil things. Please Donors respect yourself and we will respect you. If not it’s better to pack up and go with your evil donations.

    Please our our Judicial team go head to interpret in a good way if someone break our consituation. Tell the Donors to respect our culture as well as our consituation. Don’t distable our President to make the plan to develop our country.

    Donors don’t give your donations with an aim of teaching us evil things .Its better to leave us.

  28. crazy stuff says:

    Tell this guy to go have it with his son.
    Dont tell us to do your animal rubbish.
    Zitsiru

  29. Proud Malawian says:

    They deny us aid and all of the sudden the UK government come with their hypocrisy? These are the last days indeed

  30. General says:

    U Brishit ppl leave us alone pliz! those monkies are going to be stoned to death!pliz stop jumping over our heads! Malawi is not Brishit or America

  31. Pat says:

    I really miss Bingu Wa Mutharika. These two devil’s agents(Palmer and Nevin) would have been sent packing before sunset today. RIP Bingu

  32. mapwevupwevu says:

    Death to all homosexuals!

    The Brits withdrew their aid they can’t can’t tell us shit!

  33. kkkkk says:

    U people u are not human beings British or no British God will care for us .may the mighty God punish u severely.

  34. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Sometimes I get nonplussed with the behavior of some bilateral donors like the UK and US especially on their stand on issues of homesexuality, abortionand death penalty. From their comments, one would get the wrong impression that in the US and UK there is federal consensus on the legalization of the same sex marriage, abortion and abolition of death sentence. But tell you what, as we speak, some states in the US abortion and homosexuality are illegal and death sentence still in effect. For instance abortion is illegal in the following states:
    Idaho, Iowa, Utah, Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia, Mississippi,Indiana, South Dakota, Alabama. States where homosexuality is illegal: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoman, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, States where death penalty is legal(in 31 states) eg Alabama, Arizona, Texas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky , New Hampshire , Oregon Wyoming etc.So why trying to impose it on Malawi when back home these issues are still divisive on society opinion?

  35. Pamajiga says:

    Evil people. America and Britain God is watching you.

  36. bozwell makaranga says:

    While it is welcome for people to have views and express them freely, I am not that happy with the extent of involvement of Nevin in Malawi affairs. He far much meddles in our affairs. You do not hear a British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, not even seldom let alone regularly, point out the ills of that kingdom. The ills as we all know are many and nauseating – chopping off people’s hands, supporting terror groups in Sysria, oppresing women and many minorities.Do you ever hear a cacophony of noises from the Western Amabassadors? Zero. Why so much interest on us? A real question of whoever pays the pipe calls the tune. The continued interest in commenting on things Malawi has got everything to do with the fact that they control our purse strings and nothing whatsoever concerning human rights.

  37. Malawi 4 Malawians says:

    Believe you me, civilized nations are found among the developing countries.

  38. jacob says:

    Malawian let us stand together and kill these two.or let us go and burn the police where they are.

  39. mtumbuka1 says:

    Is Malawi not supposed to be a sovereign state by now? Malawians broke the Malawian law it’s up to Malawian courts to crack the whip and not some disgruntled foreign dude calling himself an ambassador. Malawi weaned herself from Britain some 50 years ago and can not afford to be under the bondage of Britain today. A British ambassador to Malawi today is only serving the interests of the queen and not that of Malawians especially now that they have sealed their aid taps to the cashgated nation ( thanks to the dpp government). Politicians are hypocrites and this guy you call Michael navin is no exception. Navin knows pretty well who stole the money in the cashgate scandal but him and government deliberately chooses to walk in circles so that he stays put in Malawi and push the interest of his country which is more of a slave – master relationship. To hell!

  40. THYOLO says:

    THERE AR MORE PROBLEMS IN MALAWI THAN TO WORRY ABOUT THIS. IS THIS THEIR PRIORITY ? I DO NOT THINK THAT THIS IS MALAWI’S TOP PRIORITY NOW. PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THE HOSPITAL, BABYS BEING DELIVERED OUT SIDE THE HOSIPITAL. COME ON PEOPLE.

  41. Zambulo says:

    I am not gay but I dont know why anybody should be concerned if two people agree to fuck each other in the assholes. Its their own affàir and I should believe they like it and its none of my business

  42. Parallel Market says:

    Malawi is a sovereign state. It has its own laws and constitution and must be respected by everybody including America and UK. Those who want to be gays must go to America or UK and freely practice their stupidity there NOT in Malawi.

    These worse-than-dogs creatures must face the full wrath of the law without mercy.

  43. Peter Wright says:

    So the Malawi Muslim Association in February called for the death penalty for gays. So what would happen if UK gay organisations called for the death penalty for Moslems?

  44. mavutos says:

    Untchewe pela..you are rich but very dull. Just listen to your giberish

  45. Prince Edward rsa says:

    This pipo must be killed so that this americans knows that malawi is asolvereign nation we are dying with no donor support now you say we must fuck the anus to be given the so called financial support if you want to fuck the anus go the in america thus where you will fuck the anus of the americans not in malawi stupid.

  46. ADE says:

    WE HAD SIMILAR ISSUE WHEN DANIEL PHIRI WAS IN OFFICE. AZUNGU SHOULD LEARN TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S CULTURE. THERE ARE SO MANY ISSUES IN THE WORLD SYRIAN, PALESTINE, ETC. SPEND YOUR ENERGY THERE. NOT TWO MEN HAVING SEX

  47. Prince Edward rsa says:

    Nosense ideas from america wat is lgbti if you do n’t fuck your fathers anus you expect malawians to do it. If that is the case withhold your money and leave malawi alone fucken uk ambassador.

  48. Richard says:

    What we should know is most white skin people always they do things against the will of God and people of Malawi they just agree because of there poorness.
    Remember God will judge you all. Most western people they don’t believe God.

  49. munthu wa munthu says:

    How many times can we tell u leave our culture alone and go and practice that in our native country period.

  50. Malawi as a nation needs to make a law about homosexual, Amarica and Britain are donating Malawi so as a nation, tipange lamulo chifukwa cha mmene akazembe akufunira. So what if Germany say let accept gay marriages?

  51. BMW says:

    Dude likes taking it up the ass. He can’t imagine someone being denied the right to do same

  52. John says:

    WHY DONT YOU JUST TAKE ALL THE GAYS WITH YOU TO THE UK? WE DONT NEED STUPID CULTURE HERE!

  53. simulemba says:

    Stupid ambassador you want is to adopt a stupid culture simply because 95% of western leaders are gay. You ate lucky because we have a very week leader who feats whites. How i wish Kagame was our president. The problem with Nevin is that he still behaves as if he is still an M16 officer. Fuck you and your money. Stupid people.

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