Maverick Minister of Gender and Child Development Anita Kalinde recently went public with her personal position on homosexuality in Malawi. She is personally against homosexuality and its other forms in Malawi.
Her open and seemingly defiant stand astounded a group of 60 school girls on Sunday when she and the Minister of Education Eunice Kazembe were at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School to welcome US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who was due to speak to the girls taking part in Camp GLOW, an initiative of the Peace Corps Volunteers in Malawi.
Kalinde was responding to a question from a pupil who wanted to know the government’s position on sexual minorities following calls from various sectors to decriminalise the practice.
The girls asked the two ministers questions on teenage pregnancy, abuse by male teachers and challenges the ministers face as politicians in a male dominated environment.
Kalinde however said the government would take a bill to Parliament after thorough consultations with Malawians.
“But personally, I am against homosexual practices in the country. I don’t think it’s a Malawian culture,” said Kalinde stunning her audience into a silence where you literally hear a pin drop.
Kalinde has gone on record as the first minister to make her stance on the matter public.
President Joyce Banda, after promising the moon to homosexuality proponents in her State of the Nation address when inaugurating the 2012/13 Budget Session, later backtracked and told the media that she would let Malawians debate and decide on the issue.