Youth non-governmental organisation Youth and Society (YAS) has condemned the involvement of some youths in supporting People’s Party (PP) publicity and administrative secretary Ken Msonda in a case where he is accused of inciting violence.
Youth with Vision launched a campaign to mobilise support for Msonda after he was dragged to court by Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) for remarking that gays should be killed.
Msonda is set to appear in court on Friday.
“We wish to clarify that Msonda is not being taken to court for his stand against homosexuality. Rather, he is being taken to court for inciting violence and murder against fellow human beings which is criminal in nature and unacceptable,” reads the statement signed by YAS director Charles Kajoloweka.
Meanwhile, the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and Aids (Manerela+) has also denounced Msonda’s remarks, saying such homophobic statements will incite violence which is not only a criminal offence but also inhumane.
“No religion or faith calls us to kill each other, preach hate speech, castigate, and alienate any kind of persons… We condemn religious bodies and individuals who continue to intimidate, stigmatise, discriminate and argue that gays deserve to die. This is unacceptable,” said the organisation in a statement signed by acting executive director Bruce Tushabe. n