Malawi government dancing to donors tune on gay rights

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Malawi government has disclosed that it will review the law that criminalizes same sex marriage, amid incessant pressure from the donor community on the Peter Mutharika led administration to do the same.

The development follows pressure from international human rights bodies that condemned Malawi government for arresting a gay pair in the capital Lilongwe.

According to the international human rights bodies, the country breached its international human rights obligations by arresting the gay couple.

Samuel Tembenu

Tembenu: Govt will review the law.

Reacting to the pressure from international human rights bodies, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu said government will review the penal code’s section.

“We are responding to the international human rights bodies condemning the country that we have breached our obligation on the international level following the arrest of the gay couple, as a country we will review the law but that will be upon consulting Malawians,” said Tembenu.

Tembenu further said that two people arrested for being gay, Cuthbert Kulemela, and Kelvin Gonani, have been set free.

Homosexuality is illegal in most African nations and remains a controversial topic in Malawi’s conservative society.

Section 135 sub section C of Malawi’s penal code states that “any person, who permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years, with or without corporal punishment”.

Recently, United States of America government through its embassy in Lilongwe has ordered Malawi Government to drop charges against the two.

In a statement posted on their official Facebook page, the US ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, says she is deeply concerned with the arrest of teenager and his partner in the capital city.

Virginia Palmer

Ambassador Palmer: Urged Malawi to drop the charges

The embassy says it regards the arrest as unlawful. The couple was arrested in Lilongwe on December 7 and charged with sodomy which is in violation of section 153 of the Penal Code.

The two were also subjected to a medical examination without their consent. However, the American Embassy has strongly reminded the Malawi Government of its commitment to not arrest people who are engaged in consensual same-sex activity.

“I urge the Malawi government to make good on its international human rights obligations, drop the charges, and resolve this unfortunate incident as quickly as possible,” reads part of the statement.

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  1. This not surprising, the USA is going to act like this up to the time of Jesus second coming. At first USA acted as a sheep but this time it will show its true colours. This gay imperialism is against Gods law,and no gvt can challenge God like that.Very soon freedom of worship will be violated and a lot of Christians will be persecuted. Let us all turn to God and keep his law.

  2. It high time government repealed these draconian laws.People need to be educated that Malawi is not a god fearing nation it is a secular democracy. I don’t see any problem with two consenting adults engaging in gay sex is that a problem?let’s be civilised by legitimising homosexuality and gay marriage this the 21 st century its not western culture it is sexual orientation

  3. The people who are involved with gay acts are not Europeans but Malawians!!! We have them amidst us and let’s accept they have own rights we should respect. They are adults and have consented to do that. How is that European or my problem?

  4. I saw this coming, Malawi now is like a house built on sand. Winds have come and have swept it down. We hold national prayers so that The Almighty may bless the land. Wherefore, for what do we pray when our policies do not bring glory to His Kingdom. The sword of the Lord will not depart on our nation until we change our ways and return to him. Amen.

  5. Greedcard yayamba kugwila ntchito ku Malawi ko. Kodi mr mbendela amene anagulitsa mavoti wa aMalawi alipo?America akulamulira kapena mutharika. Njira yabwino ndikumuchotsa basi

  6. ine am all out anti-homo,koma my stand is not religious,homosexiuallity disgust me & seemz unnatural,koma amene mukudana ndi azungu popusha nkhani imeneyi koma stand yanu ili pa ur so called God…kodi God wanuyu sanabwelesedwe ndi azungu omwewa…makolonso ankamukana koma pano siuyu the determinant of ur every act & decision….

  7. Aaaaa now from God fearing nation to donor fearing nation,thatx malawi,nthawi yoxeija oxapanga review koma pano nde kumati tipange review malamulo pamenepa tizit ziko lili ndi axogoleli?

  8. its even not merely about Christianity but our culture as well! if you feel quoting the bible will clean this issue your wrong because we will fight the evil practice. take note that when God decided to destroy sodom these other sins were there as well but your gayism was what displeased God most. ndiye enanu musamatipute dala coz mupitira limodzi kukaikidwa kwa goliati mukangoyerekeza kukhala nawo kovomereza. don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  9. DEMOCRACY AT ITS BEST,,,, My fellow Malawians be warned therez notin gud the devil can give for free,,,,Some tried to warn us the consequences of democracy buh we wouldent listen ,,,; we welcomed it ho heartedly,,, and now the time has cum 4 the word of God to prove us wrong,,,, les not blame our leader but blame the one who adopted this head DEMOCRACY,,,,, let those hu hav eyes see n those wit ears see for the end is near,,,,

  10. Democracy ,,,, those hu hav eyes can see n those wit ears can hear,,, for the time is near,,, les not jus blame Peter he has absolutely notin to do with this,,,, buh blame the ones hu brought this head DEMOCRACY,,,, therez notin that the Devil give for free,,,Open up ur eyes brethren,,

  11. amalawi ndife anthu opusa zitsilu nd umphawi wathuwu we never even think….Malawi u r DOOMED!we stay idle watching zinthu zonyasa kumachitika penaso clapping hands…we r all guilty of compliance….ndipo tisalire pano tinali nayo nthawi.za u gay zinayamba kalekale kumveka koma sitinafune kumva,..mtima wanga ukuchita kuwawa kut nnakhalilanji mmalawi…i feel bitter,i feel pity..dziko linali la bwinobwino ili koma kulitaya withn seconds,kulolera satana agwirise ntchito kusauka kwa dziko nkumapanga zopusa.why all ths interest pa homoz?palibe zinthu zina zofunika attention?

  12. Really your debating on issue of Constitution of Malawi not the scriptures of God please if your believe stick on what the scriptures says rather than wasting your time on this .

  13. Really your debating on issue of Constitution of Malawi not the scriptures of God please if your believe stick on what the scriptures says rather than wasting your time on this .

  14. The law will be reviewed in the interest of donors but surely that’s not what the majority of Malawians want. From the feedback since the homosexuality debate came to the fore it is evident that this vice has no place in the God-fearing Malawi, but for a few evil-minded individuals hellbent to push for imperialism agenda for self gains

  15. KAYA TIYENAZONI NDIOMWEFE TIMASEKA NKHONDO ZIKAMACHITIKA MAIKO AMA ARABS, MKUMATI ASLAM OKONDA NKHONDO POMWE GULULAKE LIMENE LIMAYAMBITSA NKHONDOZO NDI LIMENELITU. AKAMAKANA NYANSI NGATI ZIMENEZI POTETEZA CHOONADI CHA MULUNGU INUNOMWE MUMAKULA KUKAMWA ASLAM ANKHO TIYENAZONI KOMA NA INE MWANA WA PANYUMBA PANGA SANGAYELEKEZE NDISINJA NDI HAMALA.

  16. Mayo! Mayo! Ine Kulilira Nyasaland Wanga Dzikoli Likupita Kt? Mchifukwa Chan Tikulora Anthu Akunja Kwa Banja Lathu Kutipangira Malamulo, Koma Ngat Alhomwe Inu Ufumu Wakukanikani Imikani Manja Sibwino Kumazavomeleza Zinthu Mutaononga, Mulungu Anapatsa Mzeru Koma Lero Mzeru Zija Mwayamba Kupanga Malamulo Nokha.Ndikukhupilira Kt Ife Monga Amalawi Oopa Mulunga Sitingalore Nyansi Monga Izi. Nonse Amene Mukupanga Izi Heart Attack Iz Around The Corner Jah Wll Clean Malawi Free. Zoona Nyasand Yenseyu Akalembedwe Chilembo Pamphumi Chifukwa Munthu Modzi,, Ine Ai Toto Ambuye Chitaponi Kanthu Tipulumutsen Kwa Oipayo Amem…., ,

  17. They ıs nothıng to revıew on gay rıghts.Gay has got no rıght he or she must be arrested.We don’t want to be ruled by other countrıes,Remember we are ındependent ın other words we stand on our own,we got our own laws and ıt must be respected.NO GAYS IN MALAWI ARREST THEM PLEASE THEY TAKING LAW TO THEIR HAND.

  18. Ufulu odzilamulila ulipat? Why oly de kingdom of DPP maiko ambili amafuna kulowetsa mphavu zawo muno? Tingovomela kut tikadali mchitsamunda not Malawi as Indipendent countly.MAPETO A DZIKO BASI!!!!

  19. shame shame and shame again for apm, malawi will never ever change tobe america it will remain malawi why you agree anythings that this idiot people tells you to do, why you allowing the evil people like america to rule the country, africa is for africa that is the words for ghadaff and bugabe’s legacy. woke up malawi!

  20. come 2019, peter mutharika is out of power. he has showed to us malawians that he can not rule us with his foreign ideology. how can peter succumb to america’s pressure as if they are giving us donation. even if that was there a true malawian leader would not say this country would review gays and lesbians law. akulu awa utsogoleri wawakanika.

    • perhaps u may say right but given that the fact that many malawians are not happy with him justifies the fact that he can be voted out of power. university students are not happy with him and civil servants have nothing to boost about as having a president who promised them of increasing their salaries yet the salaries havent been increased. dont forget that bingu’s first term civil servants were pleased with him no wonder he was voted apart from lomwe base and during joyce banda’s time civil servants were frustrated hence she was booted out of power. here in malawi civil servants determine the existence of a president. akachita strike what happens? i hope u get what am saying.

    • on homosexuality i totally blame him coz he vowed before God and before Malawians that he will uphold and defend the constitution. our constitution clearly prohibit homosexuality. why cant he stand against westerners that he as a leader will side with the constitution instead he says let us review our constitution. i hope u now understand how i totally blame him regardless of the pressure from westerners.

  21. Masiku otsiliza ndiamenewa. Peter zamukanika kulamulira, angovomera chilichonse choipa kwa mtundu wa Malawi kuti apeze ndalama zautsiru basi. A Chiuta tovyireni mutipe mudangilili wakopa imwe not wakopa wa satana.

  22. It’s not a matter of blaming this president but those who brought democracy in Malawi cos watever w do, z wearing d name democracy. Tinaimvetsa udyo democracy. W xud expect mo abominations happening in name of democracy.
    Kamuzu warned us already.
    Kaya zanu izo.
    Odi ndzidya chimanga chokazinga ine

  23. Mbuzi za dpp izi zimalankhula zambiri pa nthawi ya Joyce. Koma mtati mwonetsetse Mtsogoleri wawoyu Mr Ibu ndiye boot licker no.1 wa azungu. Chimodzi choka chimene wachita posamvera azungu ndikuchinjira mbava zizake za dpp kumilandu yakuba ndalama zaboma

  24. Let us look forward and cut our ties with America ,Britain and look to other nations like middle east,Russia ratherthan sticking to evil nations. Bingu chased British ambassador and people cried but look now he has the last laugh. Malawi workup we are an independent state with our constitution. This issue has rendered our constitution useless.

  25. That’s why I cal Muthalika is a babysitter now u believe it Ngati Mr Ibu ali namathanyula akananso bwanji za umathanyula poti iyeyo ndi mathanyulanso mudzafa imfa yopwetela ndi Uchitsiru wanu

  26. No one can listen to a poor person.. even if he can have sensible facts.First thing Malawians fight your poverty by using your might not begging then other nations will begin to respect your values. Not now when you enjoy kneeling down asking for aids from all corners of the earth. Malawi is a sovereign country by words of mouth but in action it us economically and culturally a colony. Truth hurts but it never changes.

  27. Whats else could Mutharika do .since your some1 is ploting those gay 4 agame….Shame on you all God is watching you

  28. Its not presure from America as such,but its been the willing a the wish of Peter Mutharica to free and give the gays rights.In his speach last of last week he said’,we must respect each and every one’s rights’.What was the meaning of this?.However, he recieved a large sum of money from America to use it for campain of the gay rights.I no longer have hope in Mutharica because of his cowardness and stupidity.

  29. Its not presure from America as such,but its been the willing a the wish of Peter Mutharica to free and give the gays rights.In his speach last of last week he said’,we must respect each and every one’s rights’.What was the meaning of this?.However, he recieved a large sum of money from America to use it for campain of the gay rights.I no longer have hope in Mutharica because of his cowardness and stupidity.

  30. It is good to stay out other freinds that can lead you wrong. God provides good relationship we only need to believe Him that He will make it rather than to go astray just to entertain a human being

  31. It is good to stay out other freinds that can lead you wrong. God provides good relationship we only need to believe Him that He will make it rather than to go astray just to entertain a human being

  32. Zotumidwa zimenezo bwanji zikuwonekera panopa pa DPP but none during PP?? nanga kodi ku area 25 anaziwika bwanji? kodi kumeneko mabachalara wogona nyumba yimozi mwina room yimoza kulibeso?? infact w must not hesitate in reacting to such useless, stupit and bogus cases originated by failed and selfish politicians, koma ndithu ndithu thy r just waisting thr time and resources kulimbana ndi prof APM & dpp siziwa pindulira kalikonse, amenewo ndi akuru akuru woziwa malamulo pa ziko lonse la pansi

  33. Zotumidwa zimenezo bwanji zikuwonekera panopa pa DPP but none during PP?? nanga kodi ku area 25 anaziwika bwanji? kodi kumeneko mabachalara wogona nyumba yimozi mwina room yimoza kulibeso?? infact w must not hesitate in reacting to such useless, stupit and bogus cases originated by failed and selfish politicians, koma ndithu ndithu thy r just waisting thr time and resources kulimbana ndi prof APM & dpp siziwa pindulira kalikonse, amenewo ndi akuru akuru woziwa malamulo pa ziko lonse la pansi

  34. His head is just a big box with the small brain. This guy has failed malawians, and God is not happy with this government if he say yes God will panish malawi more severe

  35. His head is just a big box with the small brain. This guy has failed malawians, and God is not happy with this government if he say yes God will panish malawi more severe

  36. Azungu amafuna kuputsisa anthu kuti zao ziyende koma zimakanika chifukwa ziko la malawi ndi lodala ndi chifukwa bingu adakana zoputsa kuti kwabwino musathandidze koma mulungu siku lina azamva kulira kwa amalawi.

  37. Azungu amafuna kuputsisa anthu kuti zao ziyende koma zimakanika chifukwa ziko la malawi ndi lodala ndi chifukwa bingu adakana zoputsa kuti kwabwino musathandidze koma mulungu siku lina azamva kulira kwa amalawi.

  38. bingu and peter ddnt grow up in malawi so they don’t know the rules of gay and resbian in that country so he better resign b4 he killed

  39. bingu and peter ddnt grow up in malawi so they don’t know the rules of gay and resbian in that country so he better resign b4 he killed

  40. Pliz Pliz Let Not Europeans Rule Us. Africa Is For Africans And Malawi Is For Malawians, Esaul Sold His Birth Rights Coz Of Such Things As These, Cant We Stand On Our Own And Say NO To These Strange Rights? Aah Its Really The Last Days! Spoon Feeding Till When, Malawi. Mgabe Come To Malawi And Help Our President To Say No To Gay Marraiges

  41. Pliz Pliz Let Not Europeans Rule Us. Africa Is For Africans And Malawi Is For Malawians, Esaul Sold His Birth Rights Coz Of Such Things As These, Cant We Stand On Our Own And Say NO To These Strange Rights? Aah Its Really The Last Days! Spoon Feeding Till When, Malawi. Mgabe Come To Malawi And Help Our President To Say No To Gay Marraiges

  42. So we are compromising our cultural values and traditional beliefs for a westerners cheque?this being the saddest thing to have eminated in my generation-the saddest though is the fact that;the money they are selling out for will not even serve its intended purpose,rather the political man will use it to enhance his flamboyant lifestyle and personal projects,leaving the ordinary Malawian citizen crying foul over his cultural beliefs and traditional values..Only God can save us now.

  43. So we are compromising our cultural values and traditional beliefs for a westerners cheque?this being the saddest thing to have eminated in my generation-the saddest though is the fact that;the money they are selling out for will not even serve its intended purpose,rather the political man will use it to enhance his flamboyant lifestyle and personal projects,leaving the ordinary Malawian citizen crying foul over his cultural beliefs and traditional values..Only God can save us now.

  44. The gay rights and the lesbian rights can not be compromised in a democracy. We are in those days that Jesus Christ told his followers. As were the days of Lot so shall it be when the son of man is revealed. You think an excuse is that we are a God fearing nation? No that’s no argument. We aren’t as a country (but some individuals are indeed) God fearing and salvation is according to one’s righteousness not a group. That’s why Lot was saved. Kumawerenga mau. Ezekiel 14:14,20
    Is very clear ndithu!!!
    So if homosexuality is sin, even adultery, fonication, cashgate, theft, corruption, arbortion a legal or not, prostitution legal or not etc are sins.

    It’s wrong to blame government on this because Malawi unlike Zambia is not a Christian country but a secular country hence let the state govern and let the church or mosque preach the word to reform the sinner to change their minds. Don’t use state laws to reform sinners!!!

    • I agree with broh.legalising or not legalissing this thing will be happening cos its already written in the bible and the time is now!

    • The time is now indeed. That’s why we hear the murmurings and the clamouring about gay rights. It’s bad to blame our leaders. Let’s blame the world remember we are part of a global village with all nations. We recently were in the UN endorsing UN Agenda 30 and we were in Paris endorsing COP21. All the rights, the human rights are bundled in them. Kkkkkk
      Blame myself if am gay

  45. The gay rights and the lesbian rights can not be compromised in a democracy. We are in those days that Jesus Christ told his followers. As were the days of Lot so shall it be when the son of man is revealed. You think an excuse is that we are a God fearing nation? No that’s no argument. We aren’t as a country (but some individuals are indeed) God fearing and salvation is according to one’s righteousness not a group. That’s why Lot was saved. Kumawerenga mau. Ezekiel 14:14,20
    Is very clear ndithu!!!
    So if homosexuality is sin, even adultery, fonication, cashgate, theft, corruption, arbortion a legal or not, prostitution legal or not etc are sins.

    It’s wrong to blame government on this because Malawi unlike Zambia is not a Christian country but a secular country hence let the state govern and let the church or mosque preach the word to reform the sinner to change their minds. Don’t use state laws to reform sinners!!!

    • I agree with broh.legalising or not legalissing this thing will be happening cos its already written in the bible and the time is now!

    • The time is now indeed. That’s why we hear the murmurings and the clamouring about gay rights. It’s bad to blame our leaders. Let’s blame the world remember we are part of a global village with all nations. We recently were in the UN endorsing UN Agenda 30 and we were in Paris endorsing COP21. All the rights, the human rights are bundled in them. Kkkkkk
      Blame myself if am gay

    • Kwalembedwa “Sikutheka kuti chokhumudwitsa chasadze koma tsoka kwa iye odza nacho,
      Komanso akuti”yense wakuza pambuyo panga adzikanize #yekha nasenze mtanda #wace ndikunditsata.
      Iye wakuchita choipa apitilire kuchita choipacho, iye wakuchita chiyero apitilire kukukhala mu chiyero”.
      Zilekeni Trigu ndi Nansongole zikulire pamodzi, chidzaone ndi chisenga pokolola.
      “The problem is not America ;the problem is the one that lies in them for he has been standing to condemn the followers of God.
      Every moment we live in, devil is attacking us. This Is a spiritual battle and no words can resist it from occurring.
      Aliyense wa ife angodzikaniza yekha ndi kusenza mtanda wace.!.

    • The demonic power has just takenover the world chilichonse chochitika nowadys has something to do with illuminate we just need to be strong in jesus christ.

    • there are many laws against theft, prostitution, abortion, … government has the responsibility to protect the nations cultural beliefs. After all the nation is built on tribal groupings that hinges on cultural pillars. my foot the right of a woman f*****g a woman.

    • I agree with u on some facts but i can tell u is that all examples of sins are punishable by Malawi laws.By making gay or lesbian free from prosecution it makes it no sin in the eyes of people not God. If a church weds the gays it means its nor a problem of individuals but church also.

    • Do what is right. Just don’t be homosexual!!! Relationship with God is what is important!!!
      Let God alone the creator judge those who sin. For God is not mocked for whatever man sows, that shall he reap.

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  48. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk! wamva mbebe. i remember dpp cadets making too much noise about this and jb. it was a campaign tool that we are a soverign state and the “azungu andiuza” will not feature in dpp government! we are dancing to the guitar man. the only way out of this is Malawi find real leadership who can cut aid strings and establish local strong economic base. Dont be surprised next time we are told to stop calling Christmas Holiday. The call it a different name in America and they are busy dismantling anything to do with Christianity. they call these as unconstitutional. The Great Satan indeed

  49. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk! wamva mbebe. i remember dpp cadets making too much noise about this and jb. it was a campaign tool that we are a soverign state and the “azungu andiuza” will not feature in dpp government! we are dancing to the guitar man. the only way out of this is Malawi find real leadership who can cut aid strings and establish local strong economic base. Dont be surprised next time we are told to stop calling Christmas Holiday. The call it a different name in America and they are busy dismantling anything to do with Christianity. they call these as unconstitutional. The Great Satan indeed

  50. World is going beyond, yes. Why rich people abuse poor people and the same rich country abusing poor country. Yes I know few years coming will allow marriage of same blood brother and sister. That is stupid don’t that malawi, do you know that white people make world to be came bad? We never be equal with american that’s why they kill gadafi.

  51. Malawi has no moral values.And we cheat ourselves that donors are keeping their aid due to cashgate and that we can do without them mmmmm

  52. Malawi has no moral values.And we cheat ourselves that donors are keeping their aid due to cashgate and that we can do without them mmmmm

  53. ngati mubvomeleze mfundo za ma western powers. ndiye kulibwino mMalawi muno musakhale government, tizilamuliridwa ndi maWestern powers omweo. Chifukwa zikuoneka kuti constitution yathu iri useless, tiitaye titenge yawo ya Illuminatiyo tizigwirisa ntchito.

  54. ngati mubvomeleze mfundo za ma western powers. ndiye kulibwino mMalawi muno musakhale government, tizilamuliridwa ndi maWestern powers omweo. Chifukwa zikuoneka kuti constitution yathu iri useless, tiitaye titenge yawo ya Illuminatiyo tizigwirisa ntchito.

  55. Choyendera zikatere ndikupita pansewu kukachita mademostration akhala omveka ndi atanthaudzo osati zoti angana atenga angana ndi angana apitanawo kugombe lanyanja iai

  56. Choyendera zikatere ndikupita pansewu kukachita mademostration akhala omveka ndi atanthaudzo osati zoti angana atenga angana ndi angana apitanawo kugombe lanyanja iai

  57. If peter mutharika has failed to lead Malawi is better to resign how can we dance and cop up with evil American way like this, stupid! If Mutharika says yes to this malpractice we need impeachment to bull him out of power!!

  58. If peter mutharika has failed to lead Malawi is better to resign how can we dance and cop up with evil American way like this, stupid! If Mutharika says yes to this malpractice we need impeachment to bull him out of power!!

  59. Aid tied along with evil policies forces some weak minded leaders to tamper their own constitution inorder to please donors who are inspired by devil.

  60. The West is Africa’s political problem. Why should we dance to the tune of foreigners. To hell with Aid. This govt needs to step down. It’s ineptitude to show actual leadership is too much now. Resign govt now.

  61. Malawi will never ever be USA,Its better to be poor in natural resources than to be poor on behalf of God,if God created Malawi to be poor let it be than adopting things which are unnecessary on behalf of Lord