After the outcry about the unfairly imprisoned Malawi couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga and their eventual release, Monjeza has dumped “Aunt Tiwo” to marry a woman saying that he no longer wishes to be associated with “gay trash” and would rather stay in Malawi with his new fiancee rather than go to a foreign land “to be used by gay men.” Ugh.
Here’s what Monjeza had to say:
“We were pardoned but I know the law can bounce back on us if we are not careful. Although I claimed that I still love Tiwo, I did not mean it. I have never had sex with him as was revealed in court. That is why the medical examination failed to establish any anal penetration. I was coerced into the whole thing.”
Monjeza’s sudden conversion stinks of scandal — and bowing to family and societal pressure. Less than 10 days after being free he’s suddenly in love and set to marry to a woman? Why would he become such a willing accomplice to face 14 years hard labor with Chimbalanga and who the hell would even have put him up to it?
If anything it seems like his sudden love has come about because, as Monjeza said, “the law can bounce back on us if we are not careful.” He has either to marry a woman and claim heterosexuality or leave his native homeland for one where he would live as a exiled stranger and second-class immigrant. It’d be overstating it to say he’s in a worse position than before, where he was in jail; but at least he was standing up himself. Now he’s facing impossible odds.