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Malawi : The president says Homosexuals are worse than dogs

\nMalawian President Bingu wa Mutharika has delivered a blistering attack on homosexuals describing them as “worse than dogs” and the act abhorrent.\n

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19th May 2011 20:40

Alessia Valenza

Mutharika addressing a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe sharply objected to rights activists calls to respect minority rights including that of gays and lesbians in the fight for HIV/Aids.

He adopted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s stance against homosexuals saying they area worse than dogs.

“You will never see dogs marry each other,” Mutharika told thousands of his supporters in remarks broadcast like on state radio MBC.

“These people want us to behave worse than dogs. I cannot allow it,” he said.

Muthaeika said the sanctity of a family revolved around a father, a mother and children

Government has been accusing human rights groups campaigning for minority rights of being funded by foreign interests.

Last year, the Malawi’ s first openly gay couple was convicted of practicing homosexuality and sentenced to the maximum 14 years in jail. The president pardoned the couple following international pressure.—(Reporting by Judith Moyo, Nyasa Times)