The southern African country of Malawi doesn’t much like homosexuals. But it gleefully accepted an aid package of £86-million personally handed to Malawi President, Peter Mutharika by the openly gay Scottish Minister of State, David Mundell.
Then, in remarkable departure from Christian hatred, a UK-based Malawian evangelist, Elizabeth Kalonga, above, commended Mutharika for personally welcoming Mundell to his Kamuzu Palace. She is reported here as saying:
Firstly, I would like to applaud the UK government through Scotland for sending out aid to Malawi at a time when people are dying of hunger.
It was brave of the Scottish Government to send a gay politician to a country where homosexuals are vilified and secondly let me laud the Malawian government for taking a bold move in welcoming Mr Mundell with open arms.
Kalonga who recently “stirred a hornet’s nest” for rallying support on gay people, added:
She said the money the Queen’s government sent to Malawi through Mundell will not be spend on homosexuals or minority rights but will go a long way to alleviating hunger and other problems that the financially-strapped country is going through.
It appears to me that the Malawi government now realises that gays must be embraced into our society, because they are part of us, they are as human as everybody else.
I am happy that Malawi affably received Mr Mundell as a just British politician with open hands and did not judge him for his sex orientation. This is stepping stone towards changing our attitudes on people. We must not judge people for who they are, who they want to love or what they choose to be. Judgement is not for us but for God. After all we are all sinners so there is no need for us to point others with dirty fingers.
Kalonga added that Mutharika and his government must stand firm to defend the interests of international laws and conventions as stipulated in the charter of international human rights laws.
Malawi is a signatory and party to the international human rights treaty and it is criminal under these laws and the UN obligations to reprimand, hate, ostracise or chastise anyone for choosing to be who they are. My appeal to the government and the people of Malawi is that they must stop living in the past and realise that times have changed.
She tool further took a swipe at the clergy in the country for promoting hate speech by preaching to the world that homosexuals are sinners, saying such acts are dangerous to modernity and to the human race.
If God is love, why then must we, who claim to be men and women of God, preach detestation and abhorrence and so much hate to our faithful and encourage them to hate other people and label them as sinners or the filthy lot before God? Seriously, in this time and age we still think being homophobic is a right way to go?
Malawians must wake up from their deep slumber and start realising that our problems as a country are not homosexuals but our stinking attitudes towards our fellow human beings. As people, we pride ourselves being wicked. We’re stuck in our deep-seated mediocrity; we love to hate ourselves, always moving backwards. It is time we come to our senses that we cannot pick and choose rights among the human rights conventions.
Why are we so bent on judging people based on their sexual orientation and judge them harshly on what they believe in and for their happiness other than their character?
The 53-year-old Scottish MP, David Mundell – a divorcee with three grown up children who has just finished his tour of duty in Malawi – recently came out as a homosexual and he described his bold decision to acknowledge his sexuality as one of the most important of his life.
Mundell visited Malawi at a time when the country is experiencing a tide homophobia. There have been comments from political, social and religious circles that that gay people are “worse than dogs and should be killed”.
In Malawi, a country that calls itself “a God fearing nation”, gay sex is illegal and is punishable up to 14 years imprisonment.
Recently, the government suspended the law pending review but High Court Judge Dingiswayo Madise sitting in Mzuzu a few weeks ago quashed the moratorium, effectively reinstating anti-homosexual laws.