Gay Couple Jailed for 14 Years
A homosexual couple in Malawi were enjoying their engagement party in December 2009 after deciding to spend their lives together, but during the celebrations both men were arrested by the authorities. 20 year old Tiwonge Chimbalanga works as a janitor at a hotel in Malawi, where the party was taking place with his unemployed partner Steven Monjeza. After being arrested, the pair were convicted for “gross indecency” and “unnatural acts”, landing them a harsh 14 years in prison.
Malawi has been anti-gay for as long as we can trace; laws like this have been in place since Colonial times. Despite uproar from developed countries across the world, the Malawian government is standing by it’s decision and is not deterred by the criticism. As far as we can tell, this is the first case of this kind in the country, despite their low tolerance of homosexuality.
Homosexual acts are illegal in 37 or more African countries, including Malawi. One of the most severely anti gay African countries who is Uganda, which is considering capital punishment (otherwise known as the death penalty) for those caught as “repeat offenders”. Others may be sentenced to life imprisonment.
There is almost zero tolerance for homosexuality in African countries; South Africa is supposed to recognise gay rights, but there have still been reported cases of gangs raping lesbians. Most African homosexuals would have to keep their sexual orientation a secret for fear of being persecuted; despite 12% of the population living with HIV, most will not dare seek AIDS treatment or any kind of counselling.
Our duo escorts are deeply saddened by this news. Homosexuality is widely accepted in the UK, though there are still some narrow minded individuals who disagree with it and react using violence. Some religious groups also have a very low tolerance, but are unable to do anything about it according to UK law. We are lucky to live in such a free country where people can love whoever they want without a fear of being prosecuted; all we can do is hope that less developed countries such as Malawi will one day allow this too.
Malawi hit the headlines a few years ago when Madonna decided to adopt an orphan child from that country; the Queen of Pop famously kissed Britney Spears on television, and is open to everyone’s right to choose their own sexual orientation.