Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) and the country’s reggae kings Black Missionaries have joined hands to support Lucius Banda in denouncing homosexual acts, saying they are immoral.
The legendary musician has been trending for the past week after his stance of publicly condemning homosexuality in Malawi, after he saw two gays kissing in the audience as he was performing at Zitherepano.
MUM president Chimwemwe Mhango in an interview said this is a straightforward issue and the union is proud of Lucius’ bold stance.
“We are a principled, cultured nation with our own beliefs and we do not condone that. It was an insult for the two to be doing their acts in public. We don’t hate them but what they were doing is not acceptable in our society, thumbs up to Lucius for taking such a bold step,” he said.
While acknowledging that homosexuals do exist, Mhango added that this, however, does not mean gays and lesbians are not welcome at musical shows.
“By their nature, musical shows or entertainment events are meant for the public. Everyone one has a right to attend but for homosexuals all we are saying is that demonstrating what they do in public is about abomination. It is contrary to biblical principles as well as the culture of the country,” he explained.
Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said homosexuality is immoral and has no place in Malawi.
“We have better things to be worried with than discussing gays whose acts are immoral, influenced by Western powers. They better do their stuff in their bedrooms than in public because we will not relent but condemn them. We can’t stop them from coming to our shows but they should behave,” he said.
In another interview, an elated Lucius said MUM and the Chileka boys have taken an impressive stance to condemn an immoral act.
“I don’t hate them I just don’t like what they do. I am not homophobic because I know homosexuals do exist. However, advertising or publicly doing their acts is a provocation to us who don’t believe in that. They can do their stuff in their homes, just like they can come to our shows and enjoy,” he said.
Asked if there was a better way of him handling the matter, he vehemently said : “I have no regrets or whatsoever. In Malawi we are soft with stupid things and there was no better way of reacting to this than how I have done it. I tell my children, if they are homosexual, I can disown them and I am serious about it. We are all sinners but we don’t have to parade with our sins in public.” n