June 8th, 2010
Sometimes a guy just can’t get a break. We reported this morning that Steven Monjeza, one of two Malawians whose arrest, conviction, and subsequent pardon for allegedly breaking that country’s sodomy laws, has succumbed to the unimaginably intense pressure from the country’s deeply homophobic society by distancing himself from Tiwonge Chimbalanga and vowing to marry a twenty-four year old woman.
And in a further bid to try to shield himself Malawi’s malevolently homophobic society and avoid re-arrest, he propagated a common myth about homosexuality being a foreign plot, saying that this plot in his case goes all the way back to his arrest:
Monjeza, 26, confessed to a daily published on Tuesday that he was being forced “by other people” to go along with the gay story.
“Although, I claimed that I still love Tiwonge, I did not mean it,” he was quoted in the Nation newspaper as saying: “I have never had sex with him.”
According to the daily, Monjeza claimed that he was tricked to travel to the capital, Lilongwe, to profess his continued love to Tiwonge by unknown people who found him at home drunk and treated him to “a drinking orgy” along the
It’s that last statement, that he never loved nor had sex with Tiwonge — a statement that he made to try to avoid being re-arrested for homosexuality — that has, believe it or not, backfired, with at least one judiciary spokesman now calling for his arrest for perjury:
However, judiciary spokesman James Chigona told PANA Tuesday lying in court constitutes perjury.
“I don’t want to comment on whether Mr. Monjeza perjured himself or not because as a court spokesman, if I say so, I would be passing judgment on him,” he said.
“But if there are witnesses that can testify that he lied under oath in court, it can constitute an offence of perjury.”
Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga agreed with Chigona but was cautious not to refer to the Monjeza case.
…However, a justice ministry source said the ministry was liaising with the police to see how to react to Monjeza’s confession.
There’s just no appeasing some people.
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