Malawi Government Pleased With Homosexuality Conviction

Jim Burroway

May 19th, 2010

The Malawian Minister of Information, Leckford Mwanza Thotho reacts to yesterday’s conviction of Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, for gross indecency and “unnatural acts.” Thus saith Thotho:

“What we are saying is that the ruling or the court proceeding as of today, reflects our tradition in Malawi. It just shows that the gay issue is against our culture in Malawi,” he said.

…”What I’m trying to say is if polygamy is not allowed in America and we have not forced you to do that for the sake of human rights…so, if other countries allowed polygamy, and we say you have to allow polygamy for the sake of human rights, we are not doing fair to your situation in America. So, it’s the same thing with our country. Homosexuality is a taboo in Malawi,” Thotho said.

Paul in Canada

May 19th, 2010

Huh? Are these people on crack?


May 19th, 2010

oh, yes, of course. Impeccable logic.


L. Junius Brutus

May 19th, 2010

Bahati and the Ugandan bigots really sabotaged their own cause by making the bill so draconian that it sparked an international outcry. If they were only content to crack down in a “mild” way (but no less destructive to the victims), like this case, not a word of protest would have been muttered.


May 19th, 2010

So, it is ok for their country to imprison gay couples for over a decade because that’s what we do to polygamists here?…..Oh wait. We don’t imprison polygamists, we just don’t give people marriage licenses for more than one spouse. Big difference, moron.

Scott L.

May 19th, 2010


Just to clarify, polygamy IS against the law in this country and polygamists DO get sent to jail. Not often, but it does happen.

Most of the time polygamists coerce underage girls into these marriages, or claim divine sanction for their actions. Since most polygamists in this country are members of various religious cults, those women who enter willingly into these “plural marriages” are almost always unaware of the wider world. And many of these marriages are incestuous.

John in the Bay Area

May 19th, 2010

I think the US and EU should re-evaluate their aide relationship to Malawi. Also, if Malawi has some sort of special trade benefits, those should also be re-evaluated.


May 19th, 2010

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Mark F.

May 19th, 2010

Yes, polygamy is against the law—if you try to have more than one legally recognized marriage at the same time. Mormons in Utah can have 6 wives — but the state will only recognize one of them.


May 20th, 2010

Where are this people brains? 2010 and ignorance still very present.

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