Malawi police arrest man suspected of being gay in Mzuzu, charged with ‘gross indecency’

Malawi police  said Wednesday they had arrested Limbani Sibande, 24, in northern city of Mzuzu, for presumed homosexuality at a time activist are demanding that laws banning homosexuality should be overturned.

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Both Northern Region Police Public Relations Officer Peter Kalaya and National Police headquarters in Lilongwe, Public Relations Officer, James Kadadzera, confirmed the arrest.

The police have reportedly been keeping Sibande in custody since Thursday last week. He was arrested on suspicion that he is gay.

He has been charged with gross indecency the same offence the famous gay couple of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were charged with in 2010.

According to his particulars sourced from police,  Sibande hails from David Sibande Village in Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande, in Mzimba District.

Gay rights activists have expressed concern that arresting people just because they are gay is human rights abuse.

“Homosexuality is not illegal in Malawi. It is the practice of it that it,” observed one activist.

The development comes when Scottish government ministers are set to raise human rights abuses in Malawi with the country’s president, Peter Mutharika, who is on an official visit to Scotland.

Gay rights campaigners have been urging political leaders who meet Mutharika on his visit to Holyrood to demand the end of anti-gay laws in the southern African country where homosexuality is outlawed. The laws have led to the imposition of prison sentences of up to 14 years.

A Scottish government spokesman said it “condemns human rights abuses wherever they occur”, adding: “We expect states to abide by international human rights obligations. This is an issue we will raise.”

The issues of homosexuality has been emotive in Malawi with the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) spokesperson Sheikh Dinala Chabulika calling for gay people to be condemned to  death.

Chabulika stated that homosexuality is not only against the Islamic teachings and religion but also an abomination and therefore emphasized that those practising it be executed.

He further emphasized that as the Muslim Community, they will never change their stand on the matter that  homosexuals need to be handed death penalty as a way of making sure that the issue is curbed.

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In the article, Chabulika stated that homosexuality is not only against the Islamic teachings and religion but also an abomination and therefore emphasized that those practising it be executed.

He further emphasized that as the Muslim Community, they will never change their stand on the matter that  homosexuals need to be handed death penalty as a way of making sure that the issue is curbed

Chabulika trashed  the call by Malawi government through the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on the need to conduct a survey to sort views of Malawians on Homosexuality practice which is under the LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Transgender and Intersex) blacket, saying the Inquiry is ‘unnecessary’.

If we go by the christianity religion, homosexuality is a seen punishable by death as written on Leviticus 20:13 just like other sins that include aldutery, contempt to the judge or Priests among others.

However, most African and Islamic countries regard homosexuality as the worst sin even though the Bible says ‘No sin is bigger than the other’ before the eyes of God.

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Holly Tett as if she is Holly
Holly Tett as if she is Holly
3 years ago

Its the guys who was ordered by the same guy ku bwandilo only to reach home kuti naye ali ndi machense ngati kasitomala wake yemwe ankamuwoda kuti ndi tsikana

Holly Tett as if she is Holly
Holly Tett as if she is Holly
3 years ago

Same gay guy who was caught ku Bwandilo myezi yapitayo

Musorobhangu
Musorobhangu
3 years ago

For me, those who practice homosexuality are not fit to be in our community. Even a male dog follows a female dog for sex. None will never see a male dog copulating with another male dog.

Elgoog
Elgoog
3 years ago
Reply to  Musorobhangu

what trash you talk , every body who knows dogs knows they don’t care if its a male or a female . But bigots will all ways only see what they want . And by the way homosexuality is though out nature not just people .

Wisey
Wisey
3 years ago
Reply to  Musorobhangu

So where will we offload them to. All they need is deliverance and as communities we should pray against such satanic attacks because no sane person will want to do such despicable things. Once they are delivered you will know what a wonderful people they are. #WINSOULSFORJESUS#

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
3 years ago

Leave him alone there is nothing wrong he has done. What do you mean by gross indecency? There is nothing in a many inserting his dick in another man’s button as it is for a woman to suck cock or a man to lick pussy. Learn to mind your business. inu a Chabulika your religion is even gross,.

Nyabwagadu
Nyabwagadu
3 years ago

My worry is the safety of other inmates since they keep them in one room.

Chifundo
Chifundo
3 years ago

Release him so that he should face mob justice……Munthu wa homosexual is same same okupha ma albino, needs death penalty

Wisey
Wisey
3 years ago
Reply to  Chifundo

So you are a murderer. No difference between both of yo. All you need, you and him, is deliverance. It is just the devil trying to play with him ‘n’ trying to make sure he perish with him in hell. The moment you know this prayer will be your weapon. The battles we fight are not carnal but spiritual and we need spiritual eyes to know the battles that befall humanity. If we fight with clubs and sticks (even with guns) we are fighting a loosing battle. Prayer is the only weapon that un-sits powers, principalities and dominions. That guy… Read more »

Msundu
Msundu
3 years ago

Let him rot in jail

Khima
Khima
3 years ago

Much as I dont like the gay thing Malawi is not a Christian or Muslim stage to base it constitution on.

Mwale
Mwale
3 years ago

That’s the test for our good president.

silica gell
silica gell
3 years ago

Ntchito inanso iyo Bwana Gift Trapence ndi Bwana Timothy Mtambo, poti 10 point petition yakonzedwa kale, takonzani 1 point petition nayo izaperekedwe mukazangobwerako ku capital hill pa 27 April. Zowona angakumangileni wahomo muzanu pamene inu ndinuwokwiya kale? Ndikungodandaula kuti abomawa akupweteketsani ndi mphepo chifukwa kwayamba kuzizila ndiye kuti azikupangitsani kuti mukhale ndima vigil ambilimbili nkulakwa. Pepani ndithu.

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