A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.

There have been calls for the UK to cease giving aid to Malawi until the couple are released. However, international development minister Alan Duncan MP, writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, stated: “We must be wary of calls to use aid money as a political weapon.” He added: “Our aid programme is worth almost £80 million this year and is aimed directly at helping those most in need. We cannot make them victims along with Mr Chimbalanga and Mr Monjeza.”

The protest begins at 1pm outside the Malawi High Commission, 70 Winnington Raod, London N2 0TX.