Malawi will this week receive United States of America Special Envoy for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans gender and inter-sex (LGBTI) persons.
According to a statement released by US Department of State spokesperson, Special Envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons, Randy Berry, who is openly gay, will tour Malawi this week.
During his visit, Berry will meet government officials, civil society representatives and members of business, academic, and faith-based communities.
Apart from Malawi, Berry will also visit Namibia, Botswana and South Africa on the same program.
This comes as there is a controversial debate on whether or not to legalise homosexuality in the country.
In December last year, police arrested 19-year-old Cuthbert Kulemera and 33-year-old Kelvin Gonani for allegedly indulging in homosexual acts but they were later released from jail, a development which brought confusion and misunderstanding among government officials, human rights bodies, the clergy and traditional leaders.
The first homosexual couple to come out, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steve Monjeza, were pardoned by former president Bingu wa Mutharika after a court had given them a 14-year-jail term for the act.
The former president’s decision was believed to have come due to pressure from the then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who visited the country at the time.