Malawi inmates charged of sodomy, priest against homophobia

Published: April 18, 2011

Anglican cleric, Rev Mac Donald Semebereka has said the media should enlighten the society on issues of sexual orientation as regards to human rights saying the country should not slide into a homophobic nation where gays and lesbians are hounded.

“A nation that promotes homophobia is a lost nation,” said Rev Sembeleka on Joy Radio.

Sembereka who is also a human rights and HIV/Aids activist said the issues of  same-sex relationships is bordering on human rights and has a bearing in the fight against the deadly Aids.

He said, men who sleep with fellow men and women who sleep with fellow women,  should not be discriminated under the law.

The cleric said gays and lesbians need respect equality and fairness.

“We should not pretend as if we don’t have lesbians and homosexuals in Malawi,” said Sembeleka.

He Anglican priest said although Malawi is a God fearing country, there should be a way where government and churches can come up with a solution on how to deal with the situation.

Meanwhile, published reports indicate that a convicted prisoner was “found with sperms on his anus,” hinting that he was being sodomised by a fellow prisoner at Zomba Maximum Prison.

Zomba police spokesman Thomeck Nyaude confirmed that a 19-year-old Stanley Kanthukako and Stephano Kalimbakatha, 22, were having anal sex in prison. They would be charged with sodomy, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in Malawi.

Nyaude told The Nation that the two wrote love letters to each other while in prison, Stanley is serving a five-year term burglary term, while Stephano is expected to spend seven years in jail for robbery.

Last year, Malawi convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison the country’s first openly gay couple for practicing homosexuality. It took UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to convince Malawi’s president Bingu wa Mutharika, to pardon the couple.

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