Peter Salawi, the Malawian gay rights activist arrested last week for hanging up fliers, is only the first of the police’s apprehensions of nefarious propagandists. Now they’re on an “intensified” hunt to find Salawi’s partner in paper crime, who authorities suspect is the link between Malawi and a global agenda to gay the country! Afrique:
Peter Sawali pleaded guilty to a charge of conduct likely to cause “breach of the peace” and has since been convicted and sentenced to two months of community service. He will be cleaning premises of the Blantyre Magistrates Court for 60 days.
“Mr. Sawali mentioned a name of a man in Blantyre working for a theatre company but authorities there say they do not know the man and have never heard of him,” said police spokesman Dave Chingwalu.
Chingwalu told PANA Tuesday that police believed that the man – whom he could not name because police are still investigating the matter – was working underground through various aliases. He said he was going around recruiting loafers to distribute pro-gay literature, including leaflets and posters. “We suspect he could be a link for international gay rights groups,” he said.
Sawali was arrested after he was found with stacks of expertly and expensively printed posters displaying such messages as: “GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!”. A group called the Broad Coalition, whose leaders are yet to come out in the open, is also going around distributing leaflet advocating gay rights.
Of course, the threat of arrest isn’t something government officials want to get in the way of gay rights supporters identifying themselves!
Meanwhile, government has called on those who are advocating for gay rights to come in the open.
Deputy government spokesman Kingsley Namankhwa said it was against the law to be pasting posters along the streets and distributing leaflets anonymously.
“As far as the Malawi government is concerned we only have two gays in Malawi – Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga,” he said. “If there are others let them come out in the open.”