The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has called for dialogue so as to resolve the controversy surrounding minority rights in the country.
The call follows the arrest of two gay people, Cuthbert Kulemela, and Kelvin Gonani in the capital Lilongwe.
Following the arrest, United States Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, and Human Rights Watch condemned Malawi government for arresting the couple.
Palmer further urged government to drop charges leveled against the couple arguing that the country must make good on its international human rights obligations.
Commenting on the matter, ECM general secretary, Father. Dr. Henry Saindi, said dialogue can help to solve the controversial issue in Malawi.
“Our laws should be respected on top of that our culture should be considered, but if we are to change our laws, that will be upon having a dialogue but as far as Catholic Church is concerned we can’t change our faith and teaching,” said Saidi.
Meanwhile, Malawi’s Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has said government is yet to make a decision on the matter.
ECM is the permanent institution of the Bishops of Malawi whereby, according to the norm of law, jointly exercising the functions in view of promoting the greater good which the Catholic Church offers humankind, through forms and programmes which are fittingly adapted to circumstances of the time and place.