Anti-LGBTQ fervor exposed as some Malawi politicians and pundits react to criticism from the West in response to the imprisonment of two men on sodomy charges.
Malawi President Peter Mutharika (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Malawi is no longer a beacon of hope for human rights activists; instead it may be backsliding into an official embrace of anti-gay repression that the country had left behind.
At the same time, many Malawians are focusing relatively little on whether the country’s anti-homosexuality law, Section 153, is a good one.
Instead, their focus has been on what Western leaders and activists had to say about the resumption of arrests under Section 153. Many are outraged that Westerners are saying anything.
Section 153 of the country’s penal code prohibits sodomy (“carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature”) and provides for a punishment of up to 14 years in prison for that offense. Opponents of that law argue that it violates the Malawian constitution.
During the regime of President Joyce Banda (2012-2014), the government declared a moratorium on…
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