Most gracious of you, Mr Mutharki.
Keep up the good work.
I don’t buy this.
If the President really cared, he would have ordered the charges to be dropped in the first place, and then there would have been no need for the trial to go ahead and the sentence being handed down. Why didn’t he act then?
It was only after international outcry that Mr Mutharki belatedly acted.
Well of course it’s all political, but it’s still progress. Very amused by the way Malawian leaders speak to their population: “I don’t want to hear anyone commenting on them. Nobody is authorised to comment on the gays. You will spoil things.”
I was being diplomatic, and you know it.
But there,s nothing diplomatic about the attitude of the Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim):
Balls, or what ??!!! he he.
Typical bullying tactics, graciously accept gratitude for not being a bigger bully.
“Nobody is authorised to comment on the gays.” WTF?
I knew it this has nothing to do with their release. the guys are free no one else will be locked up as the president knows what the response will be a d you guys are still not happy.
Some people should be allowed to run their own countres
@ Dean, #8: no, “us guys” aren’t happy, nor should we be. It’s good that the two individuals were pardoned but THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED IN THE FIRST PLACE, and their release shouldn’t rely on the whim of a president: there has been no mention of any change in laws and that means there’s no guarantee the situation won’t arise again.
The president is not caring.
He is a revolting homophobic pig, and the president of a nation of bigots.
His comments about this couple show his true, vile colours – namely “These boys committed a crime against our culture, our religion and our laws”.
They will be jailed again if they ‘reoffend’
The need to get out of the homophobic hellhole that is Malawi.
And British aid to that backward nation should ONLY be going through NGO’s which respect human rights.
Unless we can get cast-iron guarantees that British aid will not be used to persecute minority groups then we should not be funding Malawi.
they obviously don’t need our money if they have the resources to persecute gay people.
I hope the 2 men claim asylum in a more civilised country.
@9 & 10:
(I think there is at least one other person posting under the name of “dean”.)
“We thank you so much; we owe our lives to you, our master”. How sad they had to do it in first place. Not only that, remembering that they were the something like atrocious things that affront Malawi’s tradition and other hateful babblings.
I guess they are trying to get their passports to flee away, something that could easily prove impossible without governmental consent.
Is there any reason why you are ignoring an increasingly well substantiated aspect of this story – that Tiwonge identifies as female, and is thus more accurately described as a transwoman?
Yes, what’s the deal? Most of the news I’ve read has Tiwonge Chimbalanga as either trans or intersex and female identified.
Very disappointed that you misgender Tiwonge. As JJ and Liz Church say, it’s well documented that she self-identifies as a woman and is trans, not a gay man.