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Pardoned Malawi gay couple thank ‘caring and tolerant’ president

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  1. Jean-Paul 3 Jun 2010, 9:22pm

    Most gracious of you, Mr Mutharki.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. Jean-Paul 4 Jun 2010, 1:21am

    I was being diplomatic, and you know it.

  5. Jean-Paul 4 Jun 2010, 2:21am

    But there,s nothing diplomatic about the attitude of the Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim):

    http://www.africanews.com/site/Malawian_gays_plan_two_weddings/list_messages/32396

    Balls, or what ??!!! he he.

  6. Typical bullying tactics, graciously accept gratitude for not being a bigger bully.

    “Nobody is authorised to comment on the gays.” WTF?

  7. 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.

  8. Some people should be allowed to run their own countres

    1. Independence should never have been granted. The post winds of change political landscape is testament to that. A great number of these nations are simply children & like all wayward children they should be corrected.

  9. @ 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.

    1. Agreed but why must it always be for the civilised world to lead condemnation on such rogue states? Why can’t the indigenous people remove any unpleasantness & install appropriate governments?

  10. 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.

  11. Jean-Paul 4 Jun 2010, 1:33pm

    @9 & 10:

    Agreed 100%

  12. Jean-Paul 4 Jun 2010, 1:36pm

    (I think there is at least one other person posting under the name of “dean”.)

  13. “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.

  14. 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?

  15. Liz Church 6 Jun 2010, 9:07am

    Yes, what’s the deal? Most of the news I’ve read has Tiwonge Chimbalanga as either trans or intersex and female identified.

  16. 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.

  17. Bingu Wa Mutharika, caring & tolerant???? What threats were used to extort such drivel! He’s a repugnant bully. Great Briton & our Allies in the West should cut off all economic aid & support to nations lead by such backward bigots! These countries demanded independence; they should now get on with it. With no support from the civilised & cultured world the natives might finally take their destiny into their own hands and install democratic governments. Don’t expect the West to help when unwilling to help yourself!

  18. Bingu Wa Mutharika, caring & tolerant???? What threats were used to extort such drivel! He’s a repugnant bully. Great Briton & our Allies in the West should cut off all economic aid & support to nations lead by such backward bigots! These countries demanded independence; they should now get on with it. With no support from the civilised & cultured world the natives might finally take their destiny into their own hands and install democratic governments. Don’t expect the West to help when unwilling to help yourself!

  19. Tiwonge Chimbalanga appeared to be the true victim amidst it all, less than a week following release Steven Monjeza decided he’d had enough & simply discarded Chimbalanga for a women. Appear he’d taken all he needed from Chimbalanga who was nearly a decade his junior! Monjeza shacked up with the women to deliberately hurt Chimbalanga, it was said, & in order to live a “normal life”! Chimbalanga was well rid of his ex. He seems to be doing well since receiving asylum in South Africa whereas Monjeza languishes, alone, in prison convicted of numerous theft charges.

  20. Tiwonge Chimbalanga appeared to be the true victim amidst it all, less than a week following release Steven Monjeza decided he’d had enough & simply discarded Chimbalanga for a women. Appear he’d taken all he needed from Chimbalanga who was nearly a decade his junior! Monjeza shacked up with the women to deliberately hurt Chimbalanga, it was said, & in order to live a “normal life”! Chimbalanga was well rid of his ex. He seems to be doing well since receiving asylum in South Africa whereas Monjeza languishes, alone, in prison convicted of numerous theft charges.

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