Malawi gay couple faces 14 years in prison....
Why aren't western leaders screaming about this???
Tiwonge Chimbalanga and his partner Steven Monjeza are facing an incredibly harsh possible 14 year prison sentence with hard labour for becoming the first gay couple in Malawi to declare their commitment in a public ceremony . As reported in The Guardian newspaper today, Tiwonge would rather become an martyr than give in to the homophobia surrounding their case.
Gay rights veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell, told the paper he’d maintained contact with the pair at the maximum security Chichiri prison in Blantyre as they get ready to stand trial next week in Malawi. He said he received a strongly defiant message from Tiwonge Chimbalanga that said: “I love Steven so much. If people or the world cannot give me the chance and freedom to continue living with him as my lover, then I am better off to die here in prison. Freedom without him is useless and meaningless.”
Tatchell, also quoted Monjeza, who appears unwell, thin and weak with jaundiced eyes, “We have come a long way and even if our family relatives are not happy, I will never stop loving Tiwonge.”
Chimbalanga, 20, and Monjeza, 26, made history when they committed to marriage at a symbolic ceremony last December, they are the very first gay couple to make such a move and bold statement of love in the southern African country, where homosexuality is illegal.
Two days after that amazing show of love and courage, they were arrested at their home. they appeared in court to facing three charges of unnatural practices between males and gross indecency. Obviously, it’s no surprise that they were denied bail and have been in jail ever since.
The couple are due back in court on Tuesday, when magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa will deliver his verdict, however according to many, they are most likely to be sentenced to the maximum 14 years.