Report: Malawi Couple Break Up — Monjeza to Marry a Woman

A sad state of affairs in Malawi. This is what must apparently happen for these men to survive.

Nyasa Times reports:

"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 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."

The Africa Review: "In dramatic turn of events, one of Malawi's pardoned gays Steven Monjeza has renounced his love for Tiwonge Chimbalanga and has since opted to marry a woman, Ms Dorothy Gulo, barely 10 days after being pardoned."

(via box turtle bulletin)

Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:27am ETC by Andy Towle
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