Malawi couple split under homophobic pressure

Published: June 9, 2010

Malawi couple split under homophobic pressure

The Malawian couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, have split up. They had been recently pardoned by the President of Malawi, after having been sentenced to 14 years jail on charges of homosexuality.

Steven Monjeza this week announced that he has left his partner, Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

“The couple had been subjected to many death threats and the government had threatened to re-arrest them if they got back together,” said London-based human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, spokesperson for the LGBT rights group OutRage! He supported the couple in prison and campaigned, along with many other people, for their release.

“I was in communication with Steven and Tiwonge for over four months, via prison visitors who I arranged to deliver them food, medicine, shoes and clothes. In messages passed to me by the prison visitors, the couple affirmed their love. I believe it was genuine affection and commitment.” added Mr Tatchell.

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