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Malawi Tells Anonymous Gay Activists to Come Out and Be Arrested

Following the arrest of an activist last week for putting up gay rights posters on street poles, a Malawi government official has called on others to "come out in the open," the BBC reports.

Malawicouple And what's the incentive for doing so? Be arrested for homosexuality, thrown in jail, and put in physical danger by angry mobs.

"Government official Kingsley Namakhwa said it was against the law to mount such campaigns anonymously. But he also pointed out that homosexuality was illegal, and anyone promoting it would be prosecuted...'As far as the Malawi government is concerned we only have two gays in Malawi - Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga,' said Mr Namakhwa. 'If there are others, let them come out in the open.' The BBC's Raphael Tenthani, in the main city Blantyre, says the police have intensified the hunt for a man who they believe is behind a gay-rights campaign. It follows the conviction of a 21-year-old man for pasting gay-rights posters on poles along the streets."

So what has happened to the gay activist who was arrested? "Sawali was sentenced to community service for his crime - our correspondent says his punishment is to clean the premises of Blantyre Magistrates Court for 60 days."

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  1. Isn't there some type of pressure the international community can put on these ignorant basterdz to stop this insanity? My wish is for a gay army to go in and rescue these children; some retrained ex CIA who could get the job done. Please Big World, are you listening?

    Posted by: Randalf | Feb 9, 2010 2:34:04 PM


  2. http://www.raisingmalawi.org/ Perhaps a mention on Madonna's Raising Malawi site. Sadly, no.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Feb 9, 2010 2:39:08 PM


  3. I'm from SA, only a stone throw away. Reading this (and the previous posts, like Uganda) make me appreciate all the hard work that the older folk did back in the day.

    I hope the action of these 2 brave guys lead to something positive too.

    Posted by: robot | Feb 9, 2010 2:48:06 PM


  4. Malawis face real danger. God bless and keep them safe.

    Posted by: zeta | Feb 9, 2010 2:54:19 PM


  5. Where's amnesty international with this situation?

    I send my prayers to those 2 special guys who will be rewarded with many blessings in due time.

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 9, 2010 6:00:54 PM


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