Malawi flood victims protest sex ban among married couples in camps

Married people who are camping at Mchenga Camp in Malawi’s southern district of Chikwawa are protesting the decision by chiefs whose villages are camping there to ban any sexual engagement between married people within the camp’s premises.

Men at Mchenga Camp sexually starved.-Photo by Harry Chibwe, Nyasa Times
Men at Mchenga Camp sexually starved.-Photo by Harry Chibwe, Nyasa Times
Chief Chisowa -- no sexual contact in a camp.-Photo by Harry Chibwe, Nyasa Times
Chief Chisowa — no sexual contact in a camp.-Photo by Harry Chibwe, Nyasa Times

The concerns mostly from married men say the ban has put them at the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because this would force men start looking for other women somewhere to sleep with.

A married man who declined to reveal his name for fear of reprisals said it is very unfortunate for the chiefs to ban ‘legal sex’ around the camp.

“The issue is that some of us have been seeing our wives right here upon proper arrangements with elder women they sleep with in tents. We would sometimes sneak into their tents during day times when most of the people go away for piece works. There was no problem. Everything was done normally,” he told Nyasa Times.

He said it is inhuman to think that married men can stay three months without sex while they see their wives every day. He asked the chiefs to reconsider their decision.

However, village headman Kusowa told Nyasa Times said the ban is aimed at enhancing sanity and discipline at the camp.

“Yes we have announced that ban because we don’t want to see men inconveniencing other women just because they want to have sex with their wives. No man should be seen in women’s tents for sex. That’s what we have been saying,” he said.

He also says he wonders why men should protest the ban because some men live three to four year in Johannesburg without sleeping with their wives back home.

“And what is the problem with having a three-month break. They will do it after they return to their respective homes,” he said.

He, however, said some organizations have been distributing condoms to the floods affected people at the camp which is a temporary home for over 600 people from ten villages.

“We don’t have problems with condoms because this is another way of preventing the spread of HIV but we can’t allow them to be used around the camp,” he said.

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gudgado
6 years ago

Mafumu,mwatani kodi? Asiyeni azibambo akhwasule akazawo. Kodi mafumu, anakunamizani ndani zoti Ku Joni mwamuna amakhala aka 4 osachinda? Zopusa zimenezo. Mukuletsa at hu kuchinda ngati kuti azichinda akazanu? Asiyeni anthu aviikane basis…..Mafumu opus a zedi……

New Generation
New Generation
6 years ago

Ukasowa mphale usamaswa phale,ana amakhala ali kuti?

J.Banda
J.Banda
6 years ago

They are suposed to know why they are there ? And if those pple are willing to do so.why cant they go to up land and make there on sherter to be free ?

Kaliati Galu
Kaliati Galu
6 years ago

Anthu amenewa kukonda kuchindana eiishiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!

apao
apao
6 years ago

NTCHITO YA SOCIALWORKERS KUWALANGIZA KUTI AVOMELEZE M’CHIPHINJO ZOMWE ALI, NKUMATI AKUCHIKWAWA,NSANJE, YOO, YADOKELA MEN,

BOX 13 BILILA, N U
6 years ago

Un fair,

gaba
gaba
6 years ago

hahahahaaaaaaa!!!

Hoitty
Hoitty
6 years ago

Tazingobunyulani azibambo inu, bwanji kodi?

believer P
6 years ago

ban them that must be done with respect,instead not in the tents,YES I SUPPORT THE CHIEF” BRAVO CHIEF KUSOWA!!”

mery julius
6 years ago

Boma lichitepo kanthu zinthi zisanafike povuta.

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