Reports: Malawi Couple Break Up

Jim Burroway

June 8th, 2010

Update: I’ve found the original article from The Nation, and have revised this report accordingly.

It looks like anti-gay forces in Malawi may have gotten their way after all, if these reports are to be believed:

In a dramatic twist to the tale of Malawi’s convicted but pardoned gay lovebirds, the man, Steven Monjeza, has dumped his homosexual ‘wife’ Tiwonge Chimbalanga to marry a Blantyre-based woman. Twenty-four-year old Dorothy Gulo on Monday confessed her love for Monjeza whom she described as “a real man capable of doing to women what other men ably do in bed.” She was explicit about the issue and said she had nothing to hide.

Malawi’s government was under tremendous international criticism over the pair’s conviction of “gross indecency” following their December engagement ceremony, including pressure from donor nations which make up 40% of the nation’s gross domestic income. Undoubtedly, the couple themselves have also been subjected to unbearable pressure in turn from the virulently anti-gay government. When Steven and Tiwonge were pardoned of their sentence of fourteen years at hard labor, senior government officials warned that they would be re-arrested if they remained together. President Bingu wa Mutharika used particularly venomous language in denouncing the two following his return on June 2 from a two-day Franco-African summit:

Said Mutharika: “Chimbalanga and Monjeza were being used. I was not about to let this country be led astray or suffer because of two misguided and confused men. That is why I forgave them. To err is human, to forgive is divine.

“It, nonetheless, does not mean I condone their actions. Their actions were disgusting, demeaning and a disregard of our culture, religion and laws. Ndawatchera tsopano madona kuti ndione kuti anenano chani [I am now waiting to hear what else donors will demand from me].”

The President could not hide his disgust for Chimbalanga, dubbed Aunt Tiwo, when he described his movement, body language and exaggerated facial expressions as “stupid, demonic and useless”.

Monjeza acknowledged the pressure to The Nation:

Said Monjeza: “We were pardoned but I know the law can bounce back on us if we are not careful. Although I claimed that I still love Tiwo, I did not mean it. I have never had sex with him as was revealed in court. That is why the medical examination failed to establish any anal penetration. I was coerced into the whole thing.”

According to The Nation, Monjeza now claims that he was never gay, and that his recent press conference came about because he was kidnapped by three unidentified men and forced to attend a “drinking orgy.”

Ben in Oakland

June 8th, 2010

you do what you have to do to survive. Sad.

Paul in Canada

June 8th, 2010

Evil, disgusting, sad and pathetic. This is what happens when government invades the privacy of individuals. What a charade!

NOM and their ilk will have a field day with this one…….


June 8th, 2010

If I had a gun to my head, I don’t know what I’d say or who I’d denounce – even the love of my life. All I can do is hope it never comes to that.


June 8th, 2010

“Monjeza now claims that he was never gay, and that his recent press conference came about because he was kidnapped by three unidentified men and forced to attend a “drinking orgy.””

Who are these three men? They have to be brought to book.


June 8th, 2010

This is rather like that man in the Maldives who declared he was an atheist. Suddenly after they bayed for his execution for apostasy he suddenly became a Muslim again.

paul j stein

June 8th, 2010

Well he is a celebrity in his home country, make the most of it.

Regan DuCasse

June 8th, 2010

Why would this woman have to assert anything about their sex life?

She didn’t say she loved him, he didn’t say he loved her. And but for the spectre of being jailed again for continuing as a gay couple, such an issue is so obvious it’s pathetic.

If only anti gay straight people could get a look at themselves from the point of view of gay people, or straight people who can think better than they can.

There doesn’t seem to be a limit the hypocrisy or just plain old incomprehensibility to what they want and expect.

Here is a group of people convinced that gay people have other sexual fetishes, diseases or dysfunction beyond just having and attraction and sex with the same sex.
Yet are convinced that a gay person having sex with the opposite sex can cure all of that.

I wonder if, really…these people were asked what it would take for them to ‘turn’ gay and WANT to have sex with the same sex, what THEIR answer would be?

Threat of death? Threat of institutionalization for life? NEVER being touched, loved, part of the family or having one?
What’s worth sacrificing to change orientation if it’s so good for a gay person?
ANY person?

If being gay is a choice, then where is the choice to ACTUALLY stay that way and be that way, without all the coercion and threat?

The only way someone would or could convince me they knew what they were talking about, is if they were as willing to take what they are willing to inflict to make it happen.

Or…not inflict anything at all and see if there is a difference.

Anti gay people are so full of shit.


June 8th, 2010

Boy, he sure fell for this woman fast, huh?….

Seriously, what happened to get her willing into it? That makes me curious.
Beyond that, sad.


June 8th, 2010

Maybe she’s a lesbian?

Lynn David

June 8th, 2010

Well, that’s the African way. Marry a woman, give her a child, and havee your gay affairs on the side. Come to think of it, that happens enough in America also.


June 9th, 2010

“If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.” – Voltaire


June 9th, 2010

I thought that Burr, but do they keep them locked up somewhere in reserve for situations like this?……


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