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Chaponda told Zachimalawi (currently in Lilongwe on a tour of duty) that Malawi "will not relent and give in to donors on homosexuals", adding "it is this kind of behaviour that leads to so many moral catastrophes in the world", and vowed to stamp out on pro-gay sentiments.
"As I said last week (at a meeting with media managers held at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) offices in Blantyre), our country remains a God-fearing nation, and is not ready for this form of modern nonsense. It is shameful and disgraceful that donors want to impose their will on us when, even in the United States, less than six states tolerate homosexuality. These (donor) demands are totally unacceptable," said Chaponda.
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"Simply put, Malawi is not ready for this kind of deplorable behaviour and (we) will do all we can to stop this nonsense. Human rights activists promoting this behaviour are doing so for monetary gain; in fact, they lack high moral principles. We cannot accept that", he added.
Chaponda joins State President Bingu wa Mutharika in speaking out against gays. Mutharika told a religious gathering at the height of the Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza homosexuality trial he did not understand how "normal thinking individuals" could think of becoming gays.
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Today, government still maintains it will not bow to donor pressure and give in on homosexuals.
Government decision to put its foot down has riled some development partners; notably, Germany. Germany has withdrawn approximately K5 billion in aid from Malawi, imploring Mutharika's government to decriminalise homosexuality and reverse anti-press freedom laws.
So far, government has shown no signs of changing, let alone reveiwing, its stand- a position that has also angered the United States government, which has threatened to withhold some substantial amount of aid.
However, Chaponda said government is not moved.
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