Homosexuality will soon be legal in Mozambique as the country will this Thursday be celebrating 40th Independence celebrations to be held in Maputo which Malawi President Peter Mutharika will attend.
With the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Mozambique, the number of countries with laws criminalising same-sex activity falls to 78. Malawi, Uganda, Palau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Northern Cyprus, Botswana and Ivory Coast are some of the countries that hat still criminalise homosexuality.
Malawi minority rights campaigners are still pushing for reforms in the penal code to see to it that same-sex intimacy should no longer be illegal.
The rights activists believe Mozambique being a neighbour to Malawi, their new penal code which decriminalises homosexuality will be something to learn from.
Meanwhile, State House Press Office said President Mutharika will attend the Mozambique celebrations e as part of the two countries’ bilateral relations which date back during the colonial era.
“Apart from sharing borders, the two countries have many things in common including language, relations, culture, and many things,” it said.
A good number of Mozambicans are living peacefully in Malawi and others who stay along the borders access free social services like health, education and water, it added.
Mozambique attained independence from Portugal in 1975.