As the debate on whether or not to decriminalize homosexuality in Malawi rages on, the Muslim Association of Malawi has suggested the need to revise the penalty of those found guilty of homosexuality to be condemned to death. Muslims comprise approx. 20% of the Malawi population.
Malawi Muslims MAM Secretary General Dr Salmin Omar Idrussi in an interview said that ‘‘ though Malawi is regarded as a secular state but the country is blessed with God fearing citizens who can’t afford to deviate from God’s commandments for the sake of pleasing others who practice the act.’’
‘‘Even animals like goats don’t do this, what more with human beings like us who were blessed with wisdom by the Almighty God? The offenders need to be handed death penalty as a way of making sure that the issue is curbed.” Apparently some religious groupings are calling for the government to call for a referendum for Malawians to make a choice on the matter.
‘‘The majority obviously is against legalizing this sinful act. Therefore it will be necessary for people to be asked whether they are happy with the current law which attracts a maximum penalty of a 14 year jail term.”