Talk of ‘satanic’ gay wedding will spoil things – Mutharika

2010-06-02 11:28

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has told the country to stop

talking about a gay couple’s “satanic” wedding, after he pardoned their 14-year

prison sentence for sodomy.

Mutharika announced on Saturday that he had pardoned Tiwonge

Chimbalanga (20) and Steven Monjeza (26), who were convicted of sodomy and

“indecent acts” after holding a wedding ceremony in December last year.

He made the decision after meeting with United Nations Secretary

General Ban Ki-moon, even though the public mood has been generally in favour of

the heavy sentence and against the pardon.

Mutharika said: “The story ends there. I don’t want to hear anyone

commenting on them. Nobody is authorised to comment on the gays. You will spoil


He said the gay couple’s wedding was “satanic because they

committed a crime against our culture, against our religion and against our


Mutharika added: “I am looking at donors now. What will they say

about the pardon?”

Donors, who bankroll more than half of the country’s development

budget, had criticised his administration for oppressing the rights of


Mutharika asked: “Is it possible to stop aid to Malawi because of

two people who are insane?”

He said he had pardoned them because “to err is human and to

forgive is divine”.

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