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Jailed Gay Malawi Couple Split Up To Survive – Steven Monjeza To Marry A Woman

Somethings really rotten in Malawi.  This is what must apparently happen for these men to survive.  And it’s truly a sad and bizarre turn of events.

Steven Monjeza has dumped Tiwonge Chimbalanga –Aunt Tiwo- who he engaged in the first Malawi gay ceremony that earned them a 14 years imprisonment for homosexuality. They were pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika after conceding international pressure. But according to The Nation newspaper, Malawi’s authoritative daily; Monjeza has found a woman, Dorothy Gulo, 24, to marry and claims he was forced into the ‘gay drama’. The man has said he will expose the people that allegedly forced him into the gay act if they continue to pester him. The paper reports that Monjeza now alleges that he never had sex with his fellow man, Tiwonge.

Monjeza claims he was forced to hold a news conference: “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,@ The Nation quoted him. They forcefully picked me from my house in Kameza when I was drunk. They bundled me into their car and said they were taking me for a drink. Indeed, I was treated to a drinking orgy throughout the journey but no one revealed where we were going until I reached a house in Lilongwe to find Tiwo. He told me that there are many countries willing to take us but I told him I was not interested and would not go.”

Do disheartening that Steven Monjeza decided that it is best to BLAME the man he was with, and they WERE together, and accuse him and a “pesky group” of people for kidnapping him and forcing him into this.

This is what happens under a dangerous religious theocracy.

Imprisioned Malawai Gay Couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga FREED!

Malawai President Bingu wa Mutharika has officially pardoned Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple who had been sentenced earlier this month to 14 years of hard labor under sodomy and indecency laws. You may remember that they were originally arrested after holding a public wedding ceremony in December

White House Presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs has just released a statement about today’s pardon:

“The White House is pleased to learn of President Bingu wa Mutharika’s pardon of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza. These individuals were not criminals and their struggle is not unique. We must all recommit ourselves to ending the persecution and criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity. We hope that President Mutharika’s pardon marks the beginning of a new dialogue which reflects the country’s history of tolerance and a new day for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in Malawi and around the globe.”

President wa Mutharika obviously has bowed to mounting pressure and is only doing this only pardoning the two because of it.  This is his statement, according to the UK Daily Telegraph:

“These boys committed a crime against our culture, our religion and our laws, however, as the head of state I hereby pardon them and therefore ask for their immediate release with no conditions. I have done this on humanitarian grounds but this does not mean that I support this.”

Singer Madonna And the White House SLAM Sentence Of 14 Year Of Hard Labor Given As Sentence To Gay Malawi Couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga

Malawi couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labor for “gross indecency” and “unnatural acts” for having an engagement ceremony in late December.  Madonna, who many have been calling on throughout this human rights travesty to make a statement, and who is building a school and has adopted two children from Malawi, said:

“I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved. I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi—and around the world—to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all.”

And also today the White House released a statement through Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

“The United States strongly condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi. The criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity is unconscionable, and this case mars the human rights record of Malawi. We urge Malawi and all countries to stop using sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for arrest, detention, or execution.”

Thank you Madonna for saying something about this horrible sentencing. I don’t see any other public figures speaking out about this. No one. Nothing. Madonna is the first one and her voice in the public carries weight and raises awareness and eyebrows by the people that need to be made aware. SO THANK YOU MADONNA for your statement. 

As for The White House.  PROVE your words with sanctionsand holding back of aid to Malawi until Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga are released and grant them asylum.

Gay Malawi Couple Found Guilty of ‘Gross Indecency and Unnatural Acts’. May Face 14 Years in Prison At Hard Labor

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who have been jailed in Malawi since late December after they had a public engagement ceremony, were found guilty of “gross indecency” and “unnatural acts”. Since that time, the couple has been imprisoned except for brief, occasional visits to a courtroom during which they were ridiculed and mocked by homophobic mobs.

“Blantyre chief resident magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa issued the ruling yesterday. The couple are facing up to 14 years in prison with hard labour after becoming the first gay couple in Malawi to publicly commit themselves to each other…Angry residents and relatives from Machinjiri township, on the outskirts of Blantyre, say they will not allow them to return home if they are set free. A retired economist, Thindwa, added: “We are giving them moral support by bringing them food, money and clothes to prison.” The rule comes as a blow to gay rights movements across the continent, sparking fears that the ruling could be viewed as a test case and set an unwelcome precedent. Peter Tatchell, the veteran British gay rights campaigner, told the Guardian last week he received a defiant message from Chimbalanga that said: ‘I love Steven so much. If people or the world cannot give me the chance and freedom to continue living with him as my lover, then I am better off to die here in prison. Freedom without him is useless and meaningless.’ Monjeza – who is described as thin and weak with jaundiced eyes – told him: ‘We have come a long way and even if our relatives are not happy, I will never stop loving Tiwonge.'”

Truly sad.

Gay sex remains illegal in 37 countries in Africa and is widely vilified. A recent poll by the Pew Research Centre found that 98% of people in Cameroon, Kenya and Zambia disapprove of homosexuality. Since legal advances in South Africa, a new wave of activists have begun to take a stand and campaign for gay rights in several countries including Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and other countries