State funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says the executive arm of government has no powers to suspend any law in Malawi therefore the morotorim on gays is illegal and should be disregarded.
MHRC chairperson Justin Dzonzi, citing relevant laws, said it is only parliament that has such powers.
He said the executive arm of government should bring such bills to parliament either to completely legalise homosexuality or suspend the laws in the penal code.
Catholic bishops on Friday warned President Peter Mutharika against bowing down to donor pressure to legalise homosexuality.
Archbishop Thomas Msusa told Mutharika to tell donors back off on the matter.
Just hours after the meeting between the president and the catholic bishops at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, minister of Foreign Affairs George Chaponda said the government would hold a referendum to get views of Malawians on whether homosexuality should be legal or not.
An Anglican clerk, Symon Matumbo told a church funded radio, Maziko that he would welcome a gay person in his church after intense counselling.
He said the Anglican church in Malawi just like all churches in Africa do not recognise homosexuality.
It is estimated there are 40000 people who practise homosexuallity in Malawi.
At a special programme on Friday on Radio Maria, veteran musician Lucius Banda said he does not regret that he is undemocratic on gay issues, saying they are against religion and culture.
He said govenment should not relent on their fight against homosexuaity which he said a threat against spiritual families.
Sheikh Dinalla Chabulika of Musllim Association of Malawi said in a radio interview gays and lesbians do not deserve forgivess, saying they will go to hell.
Ken Msonda of People’s Party says gays are worse than dogs while MCP and UDF say government shoullld folllow what the law says on homosexuallity.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :