What the Gay rights campaigners missed!
The ruling on Gay engagement as buggery and indecency is something that was expected and generally the feeling is that it is welcome in a deeply conservative society. The worst perfomer are the Gay rights activists who though they could influence our courts with messages from England, South Africa and even nearby borders.
First. nobody in Malawi believes that the two poor souls, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steve Monjeza did that on their own accord, and the emergence of well established lawyers raised eyebrows that these two average casual workers suddenly could afford legal representation when they barely could afford lunch.
Unfortunately with the current global information access, one can easily deduce the calculated test-the waters plan that later emerged with another wedding in Argentina and in Asia and similar attempts in Kenya.
The use of people without any public influence such as Chimbalanga and Monjeza showed how the camapigners view the views of Malawians and our society and something that can be easily fooled.
Today, very likely to spend long hours in the cooler have been the two poor people, while those shouting on their behalf continue to drive posh vehicles and drink coffeee while waiting for the next opportunity for the statement.
The question whether the two committed crimes by engaging in public does not need a gigantic queens to prove that. Laws are laws, even bad laws are supposed to be followed until they are repealed, going or advocating otherwise will be undermining the rule of law which in itself is a catastrophe Malawians already experienced in 31 years of dictatorship.
Again people campaigning for Gay rights in Africa should wake up and realise that while human rights are fundemental, not all rights can be enjoyed at the same time when the basic rights cannot be fulfilled.
Sexual related rights might be described as secondary unless they are life threatening like life sexual reproductive affecting the lives of women.
Africa at the moment is yet to fulfil many basic rights includind access to education, safe water, food and basic health.
It would be an insult for donors who argue in the name of minority rights becuase of under pressure from their rights campaigners to expect Government or ordinary Malawians to start paying more attention to rights related to choice or sexual gratification.
More ridiculous is the threat to cut off funding which save pregnant mothers, children and address issues such as HIV and Aids just becuase some two aldults wanted to test the defined morals of society.
I am not homophobic, but reality should hit the gay rights campaigners that democracy yes means a majority wishes and respecting the rights of minorities, but the minorities even in 49 USA States and almost 12 most developed nations do no enjoy absolute rights including right to marry.
Imposing or threatening Malawians for following up their constitution sounds hollow and stupid to the least and it will just make more Malawians hate and close up their ears.
For the Gay campaigners if they have enough resources let them invest in long term and real life changing situations in poor communities, when mor people are eduacted, have granted social welfare back up as they have in the United Kingdom or USA and can afford most basic necessities then it would be time to ask them for luxurious rights.
For many Malawians and Africans whose daily life is a struggle, they are still searching to enjoy basic rights that options on what form of sex is acceptable does not add any value to their lives.
People like Tatchell who is all white, need to find coureguos locals and transfer all the noise to them, may be then they will have people paying attention to their cause.
Campaigns led by foreigners in any soceity cannot succeed and for the next century, Britons should learn that the colonial history is over and Africans have capacity now to think and act as independent states.
Gay rights missed the reality in Africa and the longer they speak and intimidate, amid stories of corruption and bribes to Civil Society they will continue to create defiant society that will never open up to their views.!
I hope someone will one day talk to the two poor jailed fellas to reveal who pushed them and who paid them!