Malawian gay denied asylum in the UK

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A Malawian man who Malawi24 has only identified as Hopeson living in United Kingdom (UK) has been denied asylum in the UK and has been detained for a month for being gay, Malawi24 can reveal.

Despite its reputation as one of the most progressive countries, increasing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) asylum-seekers, upon arrival, are detained indefinitely by the Home Office, the ministerial department responsible for immigration and security.

Hopeson is detained at Campsfield Detention Centre in the UK and is facing possible deportation after being refused asylum. He has lived in the country for two years waiting to be granted asylum due to his sexual orientation which remains a punishable offence in Malawi.

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A Malawian remains jailed in UK. (Library Image)

“I was detained when I went to do a routine report at the police station while my application for asylum was being considered. I have since been in detention for over a month and I am depressed now. My claim for asylum was refused because they say my case is not provable that I am gay. I appreciate that other countries and human rights activists are speaking in support of our cause and one place that we feel safe and secure is here in the UK and other countries that have accepted,” said the victim.

He further expressed dissatisfaction with the way his matter is being handled.

He told this publication that while still in detention, a gay couple Kelvin Gonani and Cuthbert Kulemera, were arrested and they got support from many angles including high government officials and parliamentarians in the UK and other parts of the world.

He explained to this reporter that all this support came without trying in any way to prove if all those who got arrested were indeed gay or not.

“I must say that it is doubling the pain to be doubted and suspected of trying to use my sexual orientation to gain asylum. Sometimes it is difficult to prove who you are when others are in doubt of who you are. I see that home is still not safe for us considering that even politicians are now baying for our blood.

“I still have hope and remain optimistic that we are going to win this battle for our rights and I encourage all those that are of my creation not to relent but to soldier on with optimism and hope that one day the eyes of everyone shall be opened that we shall be accepted everywhere in the world just like everyone else without being doubted that you are what you say you are.”

He added: “It’s painful; I want to urge you to soldier on. As for me, a place where people who are supposed to protect us bay for our blood simply because they themselves are of a different orientation cannot be my home.”

Despite having committed no crime, LGBT asylum-seekers are effectively imprisoned in detention centres where there have been reports of verbal bullying, physical violence, and sexual assault.

While they wait for the Home Office to reach a decision in their cases, they are restricted from access to online information that could help their cases.

According to critics, “One of the main problems that LGBT people face in the UK and across the region is having to ‘prove’ their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

They are subjected to a highly accelerated process, and they have a couple of days to prove to the government that they are what they say they are.

Unfortunately for them there is no test they can take medical or otherwise to prove they are gay.

Just recently, the donor community pounced on the Peter Mutharika government to release two, Cuthbert Kulemela, 19, and Kelvin Gonani, 39, were reportedly netted when they were romping each other  at area 25 in Lilongwe,

It still remains cloudy as what the Malawi government will do.

As we went to press, the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Malawi was yet to respond on what government will do on the matter.

There has been a heated debate lately on whether Malawi should legalize homosexuality with all concerned stakeholders sticking to conflicting stands.

[ Malawi24 will keep you update on this matter] 

*Additional reporting by Joseph Dumbula.

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  1. Etini monga simufuna kudzatchedwa bambo aujeni,kapena mayi ujeni,mukangoyelekeza madolo amene tikukomentela apa muzatchuka ndidzina loti amnzanu aja ati mupite kkkk he hehede,umphawiwu nde tiyaluka

  2. its time to start killing gays and lesibians in Malawi.. show the world what you want..go around find them and hang them with their stupid heads down .. even here in RSA these ppo are not living in peace!!!

  3. koma mmene akazi akomera munthu ukakhale bizy kuth*ko kwa mphongo inzako?? Mmmmmm ayi ine Mulungu akandilande ndi za akazi osati nyansi za u gay. Ine akazi ndinawamva kukoma and palibe angandisuse. Killgays.com

  4. kkkk akukukanani bwanj? Ameneo ndi azungu mumaganiza u gay ndi first class ticket to uk? Mupanga ugay uku mukudya therere aphwanga kkk musova!

  5. POMWE MWANA WABADWA MAKOLO AMANYADILA KUTI MULUNGU WAWAPATSA MPHATSO.

    NDIYE LERO MPHATSO IJA IKUFUNA SAME SEX MARRIAGES,KODI MULUNGU WANGA MWALOLA MPHATSO IJA KUKHALA CHA SATANA?

    REMEMBER MONEY IS DEVIL AND DEATH.
    IN JESUS CHRIST NAME, ONE DAY IS ONE DAY AMEN.

  6. Chitsiru cha Munthu… These guys apeza gay ngat njira yopezera attention.. Some of these are not gays but unemployment is forcing them pretend with an intention of gaining attention kuona ngati alemera

  7. Bible limit pachiyambi mulunga analenga munthu wamwamuna kenako wamkazi.Panalibe kulenga ambewe ndi a mbewe Tsono izi zamuna okhaokhazi zachokera kuti? Koma ngati ndiumphawi ukuchititsa, mulungu angobwera aweruze basi dzikoli coz amaufuluwa awonjeza.
    Mulungu tetezani Malawi asasocheretsedwe.Amen!

  8. I arleady said just leave them, ine ndiye ayi singachite i have my wife whom iam enjoying her, up to 100% gay ndichani mwamuna mzako uvamo chani zopusa basi,anthu opusa ufulu wachani mukasiidwa phulusa, mulungu osamsewelesa, zachamba

  9. Mbuzi zawanthu mulikuti mwangoti duuu osatumiza ndeke ikamutengeko bwa?? Adze kuno timumangilire ku thilaki mkumukwakwaza; AGALU OTEMBELEREDWA INU

  10. Timaona ngati uko akulandirani popeza ndikuchimake kwa magays,pameneo ndipamene u realise dat nzungu simunthu,bwerelani tizizamwa therele.

  11. Koma anthu amenewa ndiotani bwanji osakafunsa amai awo kuti adachokera kuti mwina adakamvetsetsa kuti asokera mmene amakomera akazimu, angondidikira am still raising money ndipanga kaguru tiziyenda mmaboma onse mmalawi muno apo timverepo tizipita and kill them mwankhanza mpakana akutha psiitiii

  12. Dammit !! this fucken malpractice has ripled all over the world like a wild fire, Shame on you fucken #British people, because God will help Africa

  13. Dammit !! this fucken malpractice has ripled all over the world like a wild fire, Shame on you fucken #British people, because God will help Africa

  14. He got lost, the trip was going to america not britain, in britain they saw him that he is crazy man thats why he denied assylum. The way he looks like a mad man. Watch out u gays.

  15. He got lost, the trip was going to america not britain, in britain they saw him that he is crazy man thats why he denied assylum. The way he looks like a mad man. Watch out u gays.

  16. apa chomwe chilipo ndichakuti wonse amene akufuna kupanga za gay ku malawi kuno ali ndi ufulu wopita kunja kwa azunguko azikapangira komweko coz ife kuno sitikudzifuna tiwonongesa chikhalidwe chanthu

  17. apa chomwe chilipo ndichakuti wonse amene akufuna kupanga za gay ku malawi kuno ali ndi ufulu wopita kunja kwa azunguko azikapangira komweko coz ife kuno sitikudzifuna tiwonongesa chikhalidwe chanthu

  18. Where is Barrak Obama?,what is his say on this matter?.Where is Germany?,what is their say on this matter?.If they just shut up, why do they make shit noise when malawi arrest and ban the gays?.In this case,these red people are just making us stupid by forcing us to do something that they are not doing.Plz you red people of America,UK and Germany,we don’t want your stinky voice on malawian issues from now onwards,thank u.

  19. Where is Barrak Obama?,what is his say on this matter?.Where is Germany?,what is their say on this matter?.If they just shut up, why do they make shit noise when malawi arrest and ban the gays?.In this case,these red people are just making us stupid by forcing us to do something that they are not doing.Plz you red people of America,UK and Germany,we don’t want your stinky voice on malawian issues from now onwards,thank u.

  20. Binladen,Gaddafi,Bingu awutse muntendere amatiteteza pa zinthu ngati izi, ma gay onse aziphedwa posatengera ufulu wa munthu ufulu ulindimalire.Ngakhale Mose akalakwitsa mulungu amamukwiyira satana akutiphimba mmaso kuti tisazindikire popanga mayina abwino ati gay koma mzungu abale inu,ati ebola, HIV zopanga yekha basi. Matafale anayimba nawe mzungu tawona wangodziulura kuti satana ndi iwe it is true.

  21. Binladen,Gaddafi,Bingu awutse muntendere amatiteteza pa zinthu ngati izi, ma gay onse aziphedwa posatengera ufulu wa munthu ufulu ulindimalire.Ngakhale Mose akalakwitsa mulungu amamukwiyira satana akutiphimba mmaso kuti tisazindikire popanga mayina abwino ati gay koma mzungu abale inu,ati ebola, HIV zopanga yekha basi. Matafale anayimba nawe mzungu tawona wangodziulura kuti satana ndi iwe it is true.

  22. u thought dat goin to UK wl giv u freedom to practise ur nonsense????dat saves u right coz u wl kip mongering around searching for asylum bt coz u r gay no country wl allow u till u come back to ur sensesBut wea r de human rights activists in UK???r they nt aware dat one of their followers is seeking asylum there????

  23. u thought dat goin to UK wl giv u freedom to practise ur nonsense????dat saves u right coz u wl kip mongering around searching for asylum bt coz u r gay no country wl allow u till u come back to ur sensesBut wea r de human rights activists in UK???r they nt aware dat one of their followers is seeking asylum there????

  24. ma americans ndi British ndi amene amayambitsa zimenezi amatsegulira parliament ndikambirana pamapeto pake amati tiwonetsetsa kuti zimenezi ma africans akutsatira posaphwanya ufulu wa anthu. Mabritish sindimawafuna muno anthu oyipa.Binladen,Gaddafi a

  25. ma americans ndi British ndi amene amayambitsa zimenezi amatsegulira parliament ndikambirana pamapeto pake amati tiwonetsetsa kuti zimenezi ma africans akutsatira posaphwanya ufulu wa anthu. Mabritish sindimawafuna muno anthu oyipa.Binladen,Gaddafi a

  26. Agalu inu kazipangani u gay wanuwo ine nde akazi ndikudyabetu…….anthu ovetsa chisoni….akazi osewa wina nkumakakhala gay…bolaso kudya hule ndithu..somethn must be wrong with u pple….azungu akukupusitsani…kale loseli mudali kuti?..ucnt lie to me u were hidin…coz bwexi tikuvabe ka rumuor ndithu…kma the thng z u guys jst want greener pastures ku azungu uko…these guys enslaved us they dnt even love us….they jst pretend to…azungu ndi achabe be careful

  27. Agalu inu kazipangani u gay wanuwo ine nde akazi ndikudyabetu…….anthu ovetsa chisoni….akazi osewa wina nkumakakhala gay…bolaso kudya hule ndithu..somethn must be wrong with u pple….azungu akukupusitsani…kale loseli mudali kuti?..ucnt lie to me u were hidin…coz bwexi tikuvabe ka rumuor ndithu…kma the thng z u guys jst want greener pastures ku azungu uko…these guys enslaved us they dnt even love us….they jst pretend to…azungu ndi achabe be careful

  28. Akunama uyu ku malawi satamangitsa ma gay koma amalawi ali against kuchita legalise homosexuality monga tchimo. Anthu ofuna machimo azichita koma osati legalizing machimowo ai

  29. Akunama uyu ku malawi satamangitsa ma gay koma amalawi ali against kuchita legalise homosexuality monga tchimo. Anthu ofuna machimo azichita koma osati legalizing machimowo ai

  30. Malawi 24 get your facts straight before printing, “has been detained for a month for being gay” I quote you. and that’s a lie. he was detained for possible illegal immigration not being gay. don’t use propaganda for further an idea. I don’t support Gay movements for the very reason that my father mother nature and god taught me, that marriage is between man and woman not man and man. even male Dogs don’t have sexual relations with other male dogs but female dogs, so if an animal of the dog level has that sanity to correctly judge how its sexual relations are to be run, then you wud ‘normally’ expect a 5 sensed man to be like wise in judgement but if not, then you feel worried coz you are looking @ one whose level of judgement, its maturity capacity is lower than that of a dog. FACT. there is nothing normal about being gay. Romans 1 VS 20-32 even Islam doesn’t condone this less than animalistic kind of thinking. Church leaders like Salanje who condone gay bullshit, do so because they love money more than the God the LIE to serve and it tells all about their ministry “for thou shall know them by their fruits” false prophets. Gay is never anywhere in our african tradition like the rest of the infectious evils, gay stories and western born and are a sign of the end of an era , Roman empire, sodom and gommorrah, rise of HIV and AIDS. and I blame the muthalika admnstartion for being a bunch of spineless worms who can go against what they stand for and what he vowed to stand for and that is the constitution of this nation and to defend it, but when it is undr attack from western nations who want to monopolise colonialise us again, these so called leaders have their tails inbetween their legs in no time, wish we had REAL leaders not this nursery school play called a govt leaders of the calibre of Mugabe and Uganda who don’t take shit when it comes to defending their constitition and the sovergnity of their nation from capitalist invaders. Gays are trouble and an abomination a shame and a disgust to every african who is true to his or her roots, gays are lowlives of the planet that just deserve what the constitution says. that’s me being modest coz what I feel they deserve isn’t fit for press of facebook. happy new year to all minus fucking gays.

  31. Malawi 24 get your facts straight before printing, “has been detained for a month for being gay” I quote you. and that’s a lie. he was detained for possible illegal immigration not being gay. don’t use propaganda for further an idea. I don’t support Gay movements for the very reason that my father mother nature and god taught me, that marriage is between man and woman not man and man. even male Dogs don’t have sexual relations with other male dogs but female dogs, so if an animal of the dog level has that sanity to correctly judge how its sexual relations are to be run, then you wud ‘normally’ expect a 5 sensed man to be like wise in judgement but if not, then you feel worried coz you are looking @ one whose level of judgement, its maturity capacity is lower than that of a dog. FACT. there is nothing normal about being gay. Romans 1 VS 20-32 even Islam doesn’t condone this less than animalistic kind of thinking. Church leaders like Salanje who condone gay bullshit, do so because they love money more than the God the LIE to serve and it tells all about their ministry “for thou shall know them by their fruits” false prophets. Gay is never anywhere in our african tradition like the rest of the infectious evils, gay stories and western born and are a sign of the end of an era , Roman empire, sodom and gommorrah, rise of HIV and AIDS. and I blame the muthalika admnstartion for being a bunch of spineless worms who can go against what they stand for and what he vowed to stand for and that is the constitution of this nation and to defend it, but when it is undr attack from western nations who want to monopolise colonialise us again, these so called leaders have their tails inbetween their legs in no time, wish we had REAL leaders not this nursery school play called a govt leaders of the calibre of Mugabe and Uganda who don’t take shit when it comes to defending their constitition and the sovergnity of their nation from capitalist invaders. Gays are trouble and an abomination a shame and a disgust to every african who is true to his or her roots, gays are lowlives of the planet that just deserve what the constitution says. that’s me being modest coz what I feel they deserve isn’t fit for press of facebook. happy new year to all minus fucking gays.

  32. I thought UK & the rest of America wants gays? Well keep them!! why denying their asylum. We don’t want gays
    You so called gay people shld learn a lesson from that. You just wake up one day then u think “let me start to be a gay” when all these years u’ve been running around with girls. What a nonsense!!
    We have alot to worry about not this Crap.

  33. I thought UK & the rest of America wants gays? Well keep them!! why denying their asylum. We don’t want gays
    You so called gay people shld learn a lesson from that. You just wake up one day then u think “let me start to be a gay” when all these years u’ve been running around with girls. What a nonsense!!
    We have alot to worry about not this Crap.

  34. All the homosexually behaviour is stupit, and thy against nature of God. Did thy born from that bad behaviour or frm family of men and women????

  35. All the homosexually behaviour is stupit, and thy against nature of God. Did thy born from that bad behaviour or frm family of men and women????

  36. gay people do not kill people !it is people who kill people.The ones who hate gays coz of religion affiliation must know that numerous lives were lost during the past century coz of religion.Leave the gays alone for they do no harm to any one

  37. gay people do not kill people !it is people who kill people.The ones who hate gays coz of religion affiliation must know that numerous lives were lost during the past century coz of religion.Leave the gays alone for they do no harm to any one