|Stephane Tchakam, Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA|
People in Liwonde Township in Machinga are planning to match against the two day workshop aimed at equipping the Malawi media with the necessary tools of promoting issues of homosexuality, currently under way in the township.
The workshop is being conducted under the auspices of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep).
One of the organisers of the demonstrations Ibrahim Mtendere told Malawi Voice that they want to deliver a petition to CHRR Executive Director Undule Mwakasungula and Cedep’s Gift Trapence summarising their disproval of the workshop.
“Today it’s the media being invited for this workshop, which we hear they are pocketing Mk40, 000 seating allowance, tomorrow it will be our MPs then chiefs, end results will be government being forced to accept this.
“And we will be delivering a petition to Mr. Mwakasungula to let him know that we are entirely in disagreement with these so called gay rights, and he is bound to mislead the country,” said Mtendere.
Another organiser Shadrick Kamwendo said they fear government would lose in its anti gay divide with the media on CHRR and Cedep side.
“With religious leaders greatly divided over the matter and the media on their side, government would be squeezed to a corner in its anti gay drive. And our main fear is that Malawi will embrace gay rights against the wishes of us common people,” said Kamwendo.
Kamwendo said the demonstration would start from the Mangochi Turn Off up to the venue of the workshop.
According to the invitation letter from the two organizations to media houses over the weekend seen by Malawi Voice, journalists were only allowed to reach to the venue on a motor vehicle as the organisations will only reimburse fuel.
When reached for his comment, Mwakasungula said he would be in a very good position to respond to issues raised by the concerned people by the end of today (Monday).