The former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claims government is taking steps to push for a legal framework that turns Malawi into a pro-gay and homosexual nation.
In its statement the DPP has therefore, called on the Joyce Banda administration to call for a debate on the matter to see whether Malawians like it or not.
DPP’s statement comes after the recent applause made in the United States of America (USA) congratulating Mrs. Joyce Banda ‘for taking strides to embrace HIV positive persons and sexual minorities, including homosexuals’.
The party says one source of the applause is musician Sir Elton John who explicitly made such congratulatory remarks at the AIDS 2012 Conference in Washington DC, USA. Sir Elton John is gay and openly confesses to be a homosexual.
The party says it is deeply concerned with such steps that are happening outside the views of the people.
“ DPP suggests that any repeal or amendment to such laws should take into account the voices of the people, and Malawians should be the ultimate decision makers on whether this country should open up to same sex relationships, gay marriages and similar affairs.
“The DPP believes that Malawians would wish to make references to their cultural and religious values as part of the processes of arriving at the final decision,” the statement reads in part.
The former ruling party says it urges the current administration to come in the open and declare their position on same sex marriages adding that it is unfortunate and unfair if the leadership under the current administration is spreading pro-gay statements outside of Malawi when the State President has traveled abroad, or in closed boardroom discussions with non-Malawian institutions.
“If Sir Elton John’s congratulatory statements to Malawi are made based on a homosexuality position that the current administration is propagating, the DPP calls upon Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda to urgently give the same information to Malawians at an open forum within the country instead of making such pronouncements abroad,” the
The DPP strongly advises the current administration against taking a careless approach on ‘minority rights’ issues. “We call upon Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda to tread carefully on homosexuality issues and carefully weigh foreign interests against the interests of Malawians.”
It says Malawians should be questioned whether it is the right to engage into same sex and homosexual relationships a human right and whether Malawi and the current administration are under pressure to allow homosexuality from the international community in exchange for aid.
“Let the people’s voice be heard on this matter. Chiefs should be heard, religious leaders should be heard, academics should be heard, civil societies should add their voice, and ultimately, the voices of the voiceless and ordinary Malawians should also be heard,” the DPP says.
The first people who came in the open to declare the homosexual orientation were given a 14 year jail sentence by the court before late President Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned them due to international pressure.
Churches in Malawi strongly condemn homosexual acts and most of the people in the country are Christians.