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It’s Not Gay To Be Gay In Malawi

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza met one day and fell in love, but they live in the nation of Malawi which frowns on humans of the same gender falling in love, let alone deciding to get married. As Mr. Monjeza put it, “we met in church where we both pray and we have been together for the last five months.. I believe I have never been interested in a woman.” Unfortunately, for Mr. Monjeza, there soon will be a woman in his life and not one who is particularly interested in romance. Attorney General Jane Ansah made it clear after noting “I have just read about it (the marriage) in the press and the law in Malawi does not allow such practice and therefore the law will have to take its course.”

Two men fell in love and married and now the law will take its course. The law in Malawi carries up to a fourteen year jail sentence for homosexual practices. We doubt if the new woman in the life of Mr. Monjeza has any other interest in his life other than sending him to jail.

Women In Africa On Political March

Lost in discussions concerning Africa is the growing success story of women entering politics and gaining victory in their political campaigns. A woman now leads Liberia, and in the upcoming election in Malawi a record 220 candidates are vying for the legislature and other top positions. Loveness Gondwe is Malawi’s first female candidate for president and incumbent president Bingu w Mutharika has selected a woman to be his running mate as the vice presidential candidate. There are currently 27 female members of the Malawi parliament but women activists have launched a “50/50″ campaign which seeks to increase that number to half the members of parliament.

Ms. Gondwe makes clear, “as a woman I will make a difference to help the poor, workers and those who have been betrayed by our male rulers in the past.” She also tells voters not to select her because she is a woman, but because of her ideas.