Sunday, January 10, 2010

Malawian parliamentarian says he is no gay

Ruling Democratic Progressive (DPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Phalombe South, Daveson Nyadani, has denied claims he is gay and was preparing to table a motion that would effectively legalize homosexuality in Malawi.
Nyadani has, however, rushed out at journalists for probing his ‘private life’, saying whatever he does in private is nobody’s concern.
The MP was linked to gay activities while a student at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, where he later worked in the Publications Department.
Nyadani has presented various papers at international level, exposing the plight of Malawian gays and lesbians in his former capacity as Centre for Development of People (Cedep).
Meanwhile, the Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim) has criticized religious leaders in the country for whipping public opinion against gays and lesbians, saying the phenomenon was natural and did not deserve the negative fuss it was getting.
“Even the negative attacks on Nyadani are uncalled for. We now live in a civilised world,” said Wongani Phiri, Magrim publicist.
Wongani said it was sad that people were now resorting to witch-hunting in a bid to show how anti-gay they were.
“You talk of pastors and other ignorant people ganging up against people who don’t bother them when they go about proposing ladies. This slavish behaviour must end,” he said.

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