26-year-old Eric Sambisa who is now in hiding since he came out as gay said the situation for the LGBT people in Malawi has become untenable.
“The homophobic government should either kill and eliminate gays, or give them rights.” he told Times TV.
Sambisa was briefly detained by the police after his interview was published online and broadcast on TV. Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi and like Nigeria, attracts a prison sentence of 14 years.
Sambisa told the newspaper that the advent of social media has simplified the networking of gays in Malawi as they are able to find partners in private groups on Facebook and WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for a former ruling Peoples Party, Ken Msonda has labelled homosexuality as an act of evil and gays as sons and daughters of the evil one-Jabulosi(Satan).
“Gays and lesbians are worse than dogs” he wrote on his Facebook account. “Arresting them won’t address this problem because sooner or later they are being released on bail. The best way to deal with this problem is to KILL THEM!”
He also lashed out at the country’s media houses for giving the homosexuals a platform to express their views.
“It is pathetic to see our media houses parading these dogs on TV and newspapers hiding behind human rights-human rights my foot! THE DEVIL HAS NO RIGHTS!,” Msonda added in anger.
Source: Nyasa Times