Malawi ‘Yes’ campaign for gay sex to hold ‘pride parades’

The ‘Yes’ campaign group for legalising homosexuality in Malawi plans to launch massive movement to electioneer for a Yes vote if President Peter Mutharika will go ahead with the referendum on marriage equality.

Gay pride parades expected in Malawi
Gay pride parades expected in Malawi

Mutharika has said Malawians can decide through a referendum whether the country should legalise same sex marriages.

The President said his administration will not impose or decide for Malawians on issues that border on their culture, morals and human rights and “contentious issues will be put to referendums” including same-sex marriages.

“On the issue of gay marriages, again I have said in our DPP manifesto that we will leave that to the people…” said the Head of State in responding to a question on same-sex marriages and abortion during a Talk to the President programme on taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC TV) on Tuesday.

Mutharika said Malawians will decide on whether to allow marriage between gay couples or relationships based on same-sex.

The Yes campaigners plan a nationwide “gay pride paradescanvassing for votes, saying many gays underground will come out to declare their sexual orientation, including some influential personalities in the corridors of power, faith community, local celebrities, media, security services and other professionals.

In a statement emailed to Nyasa Times, the Yes Equality campaign group said LGBT [Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people should be free to love, and have the right to commit to the person they love and to celebrate that love.”

“Love does not discriminate, and neither should our laws,” it said.

Globally, Amnesty International adopted a policy in 2007 calling for an end to discrimination in civil marriage laws on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

According to the organisation, “everyone has a right to be free from discrimination in the enjoyment of their human rights – including the right to marry and found a family”, which was provided for under Article two of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Meanwhile, some Malawi human rights defenders who have quashed President Mutharika’s assertions of calling a referendum on gay issue, saying human rights matters must not be subjected to a national vote.

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence said it was surprising for the President to be making such statements when he undertook to defend human rights and dignity for all.

Associate professor of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, Mwiza Nkhata, has also trashed calls for a national referendum on same-sex liasons, describing the same as “absurd”.

Malawi attracted international pressure when a gay couple was sentenced to 14 years jail in 2010 for ‘unnatural acts and gross indecency’ before being pardoned.

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Mc phelson Kaphiri
Mc phelson Kaphiri
5 years ago

oh my God,av mercy with my beloved Malawi.uwu ndi umvee.sindifuna kuziona kwathu kuno.

Abdul
Abdul
5 years ago

Filthy people, I promise they will never live in peace in malawi we will do deal with them

Kaya usova
Kaya usova
5 years ago

Zauve nyasi zenizeni No gay in Malawi plz

Limbani Maxwell Teputepu
Limbani Maxwell Teputepu
5 years ago

white man made the Malawi Constitution and today he is blaming the same constitution he made. #whitemanconfusioninafrica

Moses Makoko
5 years ago

Nonse amene mukuti tizikwerana a namichira okha okha ‘zakuti zaamanu’

Moka
5 years ago

What a great disgrace, where is that God fearing Malawi??? Am crying for my lovely country,where is it going? ??? God have mercy in our country Malawi

Gwaza moyo
5 years ago

If indeed malawi is a God fearing nation, why should we allow the devil to fullfill his wishes.Nono no my malawi dont allow this.

ALOSWEA
5 years ago

NO TO GAY,mkazi mwamuna basiii kuchinda kwenikweni

Robert Zingani
Robert Zingani
5 years ago

Big no! to homosexuality,this very bad,our beloved leader President Mutharika will protect and respect our views and I think this is what donors want! Professor peter Mutharika,woyee! DPP woyee!

Mloma Mkatolikaweniweni

My people are getting perished due to lack of knowledge as well as stupidity no wonder this Yes compaign movements bt only GRACE of GOD will set as free! They are fighting a losing war

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