Malawi unlikely to overturn anti-gay laws

2012-09-28 22:16

New York - Malawi's President Joyce Banda says her country isn't ready to repeal a law which outlaws homosexuality, despite her pledge after taking office to work to overturn the legislation.

Banda, Africa's second female head of state, told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that the public does not support overturning the law.

Despite her own hopes of reform, "anyone who has listened to the debate in Malawi realises that Malawians are not ready to deal with that right now", Banda said.

She urged the international community to allow "each country to have that debate freely without the pressure of being pushed".

Banda also acknowledged her disappointment after Madonna scaled back charity efforts, scrapping a planned $15m academy for girls. "It is a very painful matter," she said.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-09-29 00:31

    I applaud you Mrs. Banda. Work on your people's progress first, such freedom comes with development. Acceptance of different cultures comes with education and welfare. I do hope that social acceptance comes to your country along with 'legal' acceptance, otherwise it might end up like some other countries, where they passed laws, before the public accepted it, leaving room for bigots to sow rejection

      philhaj - 2012-09-30 08:57

      i dont understand people who put thumbs down on this comment.

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-29 04:14

    How disappointing as I thought she had courage but she is giving in to bigotry.

  • tafiska.nyasulu - 2012-09-29 11:42

    We need food first before we can start talking about luxuries mwe !!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-17 01:38

      How is NOT throwing two people in jail for loving one another a luxury?? please explain...

  • Kwame Dewyspear - 2012-09-29 11:45

    joyce, ever heard of quiet diplomacy?

  • mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-09-29 15:07

    Well done Madonna , it is time this begging bowl of the world gives back for all the money spent on it. Broken promises , one party states under the basis of democracy gone wrong. Human rights + Democracy = Aid . Now madam president stick to your promises made.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-09-29 16:43

    Madonna didn't like the idea of an all girls school. Too much temptation.........

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