Monday, March 15, 2010

Ruling on Malawian gays March 22, 2010

Two people, both of them male, have been living lives of prisoners in Malawi's commercial city Blantyre. Their place of solitary confinement has been Blantyre Police and Chichiri Maximum Prison.
Their 'sin': Organising Malawi's first ever public gay engagement.
Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were arrested on Dcember 28, 2009, two days after holding a public gay engegement in Blantyre.
They will live to remember that Saturday afternoon because they never knew their appeals for bail would fall on deaf ears, both at the Blantyre Magistrates Court and High Court.
Whenever they appeared at Blantyre Magistrates Court, women would be there, in handy, to mock them. They were called all sorts of names, defenseless Monjeza and Chimbalanga. Even the law could not save them.
Even the building, so called Blantyre Magistrates Court, where they would have found refuge in justice, could not protect them.
They live as judged men, before the real judgement.
On December 28, 2009, after their arrest, Monjeza and Chimbalanga were "beaten severely" by Police officers, according to Chimbalanga.
I have that recorded on my recorder; in fact, I captured that on my Flip Video.
And Chimbalanga was sad, just like Monjeza.
"Why beat us as if we are hardcore criminals?" queried Chimbalanga, a man in visible pain.
On March 22, 2010, the two do not expect much justice in a country hat has subjected them to so many injustices, said Chimbalanga.
At least, that is what they have told Zachimalawi.

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