Malawi Human Rights Commission fault government on gay release

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The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said it is unconstitutional for government to suspend laws that criminalise homosexuality in the country.

Samuel Tembenu Malawi Justice Minister

Tembenu: Malawi issued a moratorium in December

The comments come after the Peter Mutharika administration dropped charges against two men, Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani, who were charged with sodomy following allegations that they were having sex with each other.

In issuing the order to release the two men who were facing a possible 14-year jail, Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu announced in December that the country had imposed a moratorium on all anti-homosexual laws pending a decision on whether to repeal the legislation.

However, the Malawi Human Rights Commission has faulted government saying it does not have constitutional mandate to suspend laws.

MHRC chairperson Justin Dzonzi said it is only parliament that possess such a mandate. He said the moratorium that government had imposed on anti-homosexual laws is therefore illegal and must be disregarded.

The Commission, established by the Malawi Constitution to safeguard human rights in the country has advised government to table in Parliament the suspension of any law rather than issuing an Executive Order.

It is however not clear whether the charges against Cuthbert Kulemela and Kelvin Gonani still stand.

Meanwhile, various religious bodies and all opposition parties in the country have blamed government for the moratorium, saying homosexuality is not only illegal but goes against the country’s cultural norms.

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  1. sindiye kupusako kumenekoko … inu abakha et zimenezo muzikapangila ku satanic kwanuko chifukwa zikupangisan zimenez nd mphavu ya satan dyelekez …. …. munya2 ndye anthu ake nde sifeo olola zopusa zanuzo achule inu et kukhala ndma udindo mwayamba xiko kuli yika mwanja mwanu , musamavutke mwini dziko akubwela posachedwapa nde inu mufuna kutza kut chan ,, zimenezo muzipanga nokha amaudindo ndonu chifukwa more over mumangosankhana nokha mkona mukukamba mandenga anuwa…

  2. Mmmmm human rights apa mwaonjeza ma gay nanu mukuganiza bwanji? Nawonso ma donors chifukwa choti ndife osauka bac But God ll punish them

  3. Malawi in injury time awemma manje madoda sizobebana kanjan? Its better to sell dis country mwina ogulaYo sangalole zamathanyulazo komabe mulungu achitapo kanthu aibo malawi usaid ur warmheart of africa manje uyaphi hy angazike

  4. Malawi is a puppet of western countries ad the Us, our incompetent president and his mediocre regime wil do anything even if it means to change our constitution to plz their masters, our grandchildren wil pee on our graves for embracing this demonic thing (gay) in our God fearing nation, God did not create peter and John at the genesis but Man and a woman

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  6. Chomwe chili choletsedwa even mu Bible, sichingakhale chabwino in the name of Human Rights. Ngati ndichoncho even amene amaba pofuna kupeza choti adye patsikulo, asamamangidwe coz ali ndi ufulu okhala ndi moyo, where r they driving us to ?

  7. No gay in malawi.who bring it? ,whites .who are they? Those who are accept it they must think the consequences of it. goog and bad of it. If fight broke man and women what about all men all women what will be ? =(great havoc) Once a person marry they expect a gift (child) if all same sex what is going to be? They must think as a human not as a stone .even wild animal there is male and female.

  8. No gay in malawi.who bring it? ,whites .who are they? Those who are accept it they must think the consequences of it. goog and bad of it. If fight broke man and women what about all men all women what will be ? =(great havoc) Once a person marry they expect a gift (child) if all same sex what is going to be? They must think as a human not as a stone .even wild animal there is male and female.

  9. suzufunika kuchita kufusa maganizo . Akuluakulunu mudziwa kut nd usatana nde kungokaniratu ngat simudatuluke kwa abambo anu. a malawi chonde tisasekerere chifukwa oonongedwa sadzakhala othanyulana okhawo koma dziko lonse.

  10. My leaders of the country, is this because of the poorness of our mation that’s why we have to agree on everything? I salute president Robert mgabe and I will repeat his words on this gay scene. A DIRTY VIRGINA SMELLS WELL FAR BETTER THAN A CLEAN ANUS. sure mpaka kuvomeleza kuti anthu azipwalana konyera? No is No. They won’t kill us just cause we disagree. Mxxxxm gay gay gay nonsense

  11. NDIFE ANTHU OGANIZA NAFESO NT AKU AMERICA MUTISIYIRE DZIKO LATHU SITIKUFUNA NDALAMA NZANU KOMA MTETELE WA MULUNGU AMABUNGWE NANUTSO MALAMULO ANU TAKANILANTHU MUNO MU MALAWI MUTISIYE POTI MULUNGU ALINAFE NTHAWI ZONSE NAWESO PETER NGATI PILEZIDENTI WA DZIKO BE CAREFUL AND ABAREWERE ZA USILU TAKANILATHU IFEYO MUNO..GOD HELP MALAWI.

  12. Ndekuti chani human rights mukukaka miza athu zopusa apadera muyambe azibale anu osati ife simutitha muzingo wadyera ndarama azungu kuno ife TOTO nsetezo

  13. MHRC itotally agree with you this government is taking us for granted!Malamuro adzikolino siangasinthike ndi munthu modzi,chikhalidwe ichi ndichakale kumbukirani za mbendera yadzikolino mmene zinayenderanso

  14. amalawi nzeru zabwelela?chifukwa chani mukulolela usatanic ufalikila mudziko lamtendele,nkhani apa,tiwaweluza amenewa magay by yowaponya ndimnyala””””low ya Moses igwile ntchito,akapezeka tiwuzeni ife tiwagwila ntchito.

  15. Garu iwe tikanaziwa sibwenzi titakuvotela ayi kmanso langa ndipemphelo kti usamalize term yako ndi uchisilu wakowo dzikonso sukuliyendesa bwino zinthu kumangodula kma malipilo ngochepa ndalama ckupezeka eish watikwana ife kwathu kulibe mulomwe osamva ngati iwe

  16. This guys are really insane wagons being driven by deamons,they are no rights for homosexuality.God abandons sex before marriage what more those nosense things.Malawi Lets Wake Up Now

  17. God create two people with a reason, He did not create one one person, so careful inu mene mukufuna kusitha malamuro amulungu inu, malo momapephera kuti mulungu agwetse mvula, koma muli busy ku socheletsa anthu apa, God have mercy to my beloved malawi.

  18. Human rights nde kuti chani?Zopusa zimenezi kwawo konko dziko mwathu muno ayi,kodi mamuna ndi mamuna zake anganyengane ndikubeleka mwana,a peter pliz ife ayi zimenezi,Ambuye langani anthu onse amene akufuna azivomeleza zimenezi.

  19. Human rights nde kuti chani?Zopusa zimenezi kwawo konko dziko mwathu muno ayi,kodi mamuna ndi mamuna zake anganyengane ndikubeleka mwana,a peter pliz ife ayi zimenezi,Ambuye langani anthu onse amene akufuna azivomeleza zimenezi.

  20. Kodi wowona za ufulu wa anthuyu bwanji osakaona anthu ku ndende momwe akuvutikira pa milandu yoti munthu anaba nkhuku koma mpaka ndende,akulimbana ndi za usatana ndi ufiti koma amapemphera kapena nayenso ndi satana yemweyo.Dr Mugabe ali bwino zazibwana mu dziko mwake samafuna ai.

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  22. iwe nzungu makamaka America,UK, ndi ena okutsatirani choonde mokupemphani tisiyireni wathu malawi wa nkaka ndi uchiyu tachoka kuja nkutali tisalumane lero chifukwa iwe wabwera ndi mathanyula wakoyo kuli bwino tife ndi njala kusiyana ndikumapisana kuthako amuna tokha tokha ndalama zakozo pita nazo ku north korea tione ngati ukalandilidwe

  23. hahaha!!!!! mumasewera God mwaesa angatisie osatipatsa chilango? ndikunfunsa inu mumati ndinu ahuman rights inuo mudachoka kuti?Mai anu akanaganiza zimenezo bwezi mulipo? plz answer my quenstions inuo mhrc

  24. Our father in heaven,your name be cleaned and honoured,let your kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven,let your will take place not my will.I can see your judgement coming upon the earth very very soon because of disobidience of mankind.

  25. ADA Ali pachithunziwa anayamba ugay cz akazi samawavomela cz nkhopea inanyanya kupindinka ngati galimoto yamawaya nde maniwa ananganiza zouyamba uhule

  26. Please Lawers Malawian enjoy their freedom aman must marry awoman you Lawers you have got wives so behide this thing?May I ask you which Lawer is gay?

  27. Kubaiba ndalama ndutibweletsela zopusa ngati ize zosenzi ndiwe Peter muthu oipa ngati iwe sinamuonepo mkulu wako akudandaula mpaka adafa osalola nawo zopusazo nde ndalama akupatsazo zili kuti apa athu akuvutikabe iwe basi ngakhale amati tisamaweluzani iwe kukapulumuka kaya moti sukuluyo basi kumaphunzilila kusainila zopusazo aaa koma mulungu akuona moto ukudikilani athu inu

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  29. Iwe amene ukutay thawiyak ndikusitha thup lako kukhala mof ziwa kut thaw yatha kumbukila sondm and gomola. Satan wakusek makut. Ukonangat ndiwe ndolo. Choves chison ndiwe osauk padzk pan kumwambas ukuka zuzik. Mbale sakha chisakho lelo chonyenda ndi yes lapa thaw yatha ino ndithaw yonjedzela

  30. Desperate things=Desparate measures
    Boma ili linaoneka kuti mulungu sanayikepo dzanja..tinadabwa president kulumbira mpaka katatu,koyamba Bible linasowa.

  31. True,unconstitution and unprofessional to suspend the law that criminalise homosexuality,now what is the use of the written constitution? Someone must be sacked

  32. Abambo ako ndi amako akanasakha umve, nyasi, ntchimo, nselu zanuzo za mathanyulazo Ukanabadwa iwe?
    Shit! Musandilakwisepo apa, zimenezo kanene kuti malawi wa kana. Mukuonekadi kuti ndi anamathanyula kkkkkkkkk kupanda mzimu manyazi bwa? Umve bwa? Boraso Agaru amaziwa chochita, muthu nkumasemphanisa dara cholondora akuchiona, kufera ndalama muli ndi soka lalikulu, mukumutenga Yehova opanda nzeru, Dikirani muone nkwiyo wake AMALAWI MUKALOLA UMVEU.
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  33. Wokondedwa #PITALA,Ndiwe wagwira chiwongolero choyendetsera uchimo mkutsegula khomo kuti dziwanda zilowe nondonondo unena zoona?? Isaaa ukwatitsa bwanji mphongo ziwiri zolinthimula besi kuwutsa daladala mkhwiyo wa chauta kusekelera tsoka uti ulandile nazo tembeleropa? Sumvanga kulira kwa unyinji potsutsana ndi choipacho? Mikwiyo ya mitundu utaunjikana uyesa #CHAUTA sangawatembenukire iwe mkukutchera mbuyo?? Mnnnnn ndawuwona uchitsiru wa dziko;lipereka maudindo kwa zitsiru zotembeleredwa.Sukulu fees kwa ana opanda nzeru;m’busa wosachita mawu kwa nkhosa zokhulupilika;utsogoleri wa ziwanda kwa anthu owongoka ntima ndi okhulupilika pa maso pa #MULUNGU #TSOKA KWA WOKWANILITSA MALEMBAWEEEE

  34. Kkkkkk Zopusa munaziona kuti amuna okhaokha kudonyolana chinzibambo chopusa what is gay rights komko kwa america osati Ku Malawi chinzibambo chabwinobwino ndevu zako metemete duku mangemange chitsulu

  35. This is poor stuff from the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Let the Commission make their stand on the issue clear so that the law maker is well guided. Presidents all over the world make executive directives on issues where citizens cannot see the consequences of their choice. Obama has just bypassed Congress on gun control measures

  36. Ndawona agaru akupanga zopusa. Ndazifusa mafuso kuti garu akuziwa kuti uyu ndimkazi ndipange. Koma zoona munthu wa mzeru zake akulephela ku ganixa chifukwa cha uphawi zoona. Kodi asongoleri amipingo mukutani pakhaniyi asilamu akhirist ndi nthawi yogwilana manja ino plz

  37. Human rights kuti chani, inuyo mulibe mabanja? Makolo anu akanakhala kuti nao anali ma gay bwenzi muliko inu. Pezani zina zochita umveu musiye. Musayiwale mukayakha mlandu kwa Mulungu. What a shame.

  38. Punish those practicing sodomy severely! When will we grow up n say no to these groundless demands by the west? U cant improve economy by doing evil. Dont just bow down to each n every article the west has demanded. Suprisingly many states in America say not to hays who are we not to say no? Lets safeguard Malawi, a blessed nation!

  39. I can’t stand up for stupid things like this …guysm is the practical activities of satanism people. Komanso mmene amakomera mkazi ine sindingachite zoputsa ngati zimenezo…….nonse mukukondwa ndizoputsazi mufa imfa yowawa posachedwapa!!!!!!

    • They are not forcing people you coward, amene akufuna kupanga Za u homo asiyeni apange…. with all due respect your as argument is weak and has no basis. He’s right leave judgment to God

  40. Judas betrayed Christ, for money. The 2 Judasis, Mtambo and Trampence are betrayn Malawi, for poundz and dollarz!! ….and aftr al that, Judas comtd suicide..kkk Wat abt the 2?

  41. Think million times if tonse tikanakhala ma gay bwezi tiliko? This is against God serious if Americas they don’t want our culture why should we say yes yes all the time the akagwere ukooo yaaaa

  42. So what does it mean to the minister responsible who is to guide the nation on Laws. eeeeiiish we are not safe pushed from left to right no real direction no one to direct us just eating my tax

  43. KODI MASIKU ANO PALIBE ZINA KOMA ZOONA TIDZIKAMBA ZANYANSIZI ‘MKANADZIWA KUTI DEMOCRACY IDZABWERETSA MNYASIZI SINDIKANAVOTA .INU KALE MUKANAYANKHULA ZIMENEZI.ZOMWE NAMALENGA ANALETSA INU MUKULIMBIKITSA MUDZINA LA CONSTITUTION YOPANGIDWA NDI MUNTHU THAT CAN BE AMENDED AT ANY TIME.”YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART & WITH ALL YOUR SOUL &WITH ALL YOUR MIND & WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH”THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD ARE THERE &NOBODY TO AMEND THEM IN ORDER TO PLEASE ACERTAIN GROUP.NGATI MWALANDIRA NDALAMA CHONDE KABWEZE IFE KUNO KUMUDZI SITILOLA

  44. This is where we getting the term “Boko Haram ” meaninig the Western is forbiden what amazes me is that all these people saying about gay right were born from a woman ; who put those into use must be smart enough to fool the world about the issue. Umphawi waika dziko langa mu yesero la Satana ; Tayesedwa ndithu kamba ka umphawi

  45. Ziweto zimene ndizopanda mzimu zimadziwana .Ndiye anthu amene tili ndi mzimu lero wina azitiuza kuti ,amuna kapena akazi okha okha azikwatilana? Satana ndi wabodza.

  46. Thats why I don’t like this old half deadman(peter), He behaves like he owns this country. No wonder he disregarded the order by our parliament not to sell MSB.

  47. Vetsani bwino zomwe a Human rights commision akunena. They are saying the truth. Its the Mtambos and Trapence who should be rebuked for backing nonsense

  48. nonse peter human light pitani kwanu kwa amereca kuno kwathu ku malawi takukanirani za usatana zanu ngati mkufuna kulemerela paise mwelemba mmadzi ise toto takana ufiti wanu

  49. Kodi inuyo a human rights munalikuti 20 years ago osawawuza anthu kuti azipanga za ugay? Leroli poti America inayambitsa ndiye mukufuna kukhala patsogolo? ?ufulu umenewu unali kuti osawawuza anthu