In a statement supporting LGBT rights, the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika “wants gay rights protected,” his press secretary, Gerald Viola says. Viola made the statement in response to MP, Ken Msonda, who wrote on social media, urging citizens to kill gay people.
The announcement is likely to ignite public debate around homosexuality, which is a controversial issue in Malawi and indeed across the continent. Human rights campaigners will surely embrace the statement defending LGBT rights.
Last year, the government of Malawi announced it had imposed a ban on anti-homosexual laws pending a decision on whether to repeal the legislation.
Msonda reportedly wrote, “My personal opinion is that sin shouldn’t be legalised”.
“Gays do not deserve human rights, they deserve to be killed,” Msonda added.
The Nyasa Times reports that President Mutharika will let Malawian decide on whether homosexuality should be legalised.
Recently, Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, joining a select few African countries where homosexuality is not outlawed or criminalised.
Source: Nyasa Times