Update On Steven Monjeza And Tiwonge Chimbalanga
The last we heard of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple had broken up and Monjeza had suddenly become engaged to a woman named Dorothy Gulo just a week after their release from prison was ordered by Malawai President Bingu wa Mutharika.
The Nyasa Times sheds new light on Ms. Gulo:
When Nyasa Times tried to find out about Monjeza’s new sweet heart, it was discovered that she is a prostitute (hooker) who stays in a one roomed apartment behind one of the bars in Chirimba. “Actually the two met at a drinking joint because Steve is an alcoholic,” said (a neighbor). Monjeza’s sister refused to speak to the media but said apart from what the papers said about the new love, there is nothing that the family know about Dorothy. The sister said she feels sorry for Monjeza who she described as a shame to her family.
Meanwhile a gay activist who worked hard to get the couple released while they were incarcerated has spoken out and claims that a re-arrest of the couple is not entirely out of the question.
“The couple had been subjected to many death threats and the government had also threatened to re-arrest them if they got back together,” said the London-based human rights campaigner Mr Peter Tatchell, who also doubles as a spokesman for the LGBT rights group OutRage! During the couple's five (5) months incarceration in Chichiri Prison, Mr Tatchell supported and campaigned for their release.
“The pressure has got to Steven. Very understandably, he wants a quit, safe life. This would not be possible if he remained with Tiwonge,” said Mr Tatchell, adding that: “Both would be at risk of violent attack. Some people have threatened to kill them.” He added: “I respect their decision to split. It is up to them.”