Malawi isn’t ready to ax anti-gay laws Says Malawi President

By IndepthAfrica
In Malawi
Sep 28th, 2012

Malawi’s new President Joyce Banda gives a press conference on April 10, 2012 in Lilongwe. Banda said she was pinning her hopes on donors to re-open aid taps after she started talking to them on possible resumption of aid frozen over governance and macroeconomic concerns. Malawi’s new President Banda was sworn in smoothly on April 7, 2012 just hours after officials confirmed the death two days earlier of president Bingu wa Mutharika whose rule had sparked alarms over democratic freedoms and economic mismanagement. AFP PHOTO / AMOS GUMULIRA (Photo credit should read AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Malawi’s President Joyce Banda says her country isn’t ready to repeal a law which outlaws homosexuality, despite her pledge after taking office to work to overturn the legislation.

Banda, Africa’s second female head of state, told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that the public does not support overturning the law.

Despite her own hopes of reform, “anyone who has listened to the debate in Malawi realizes that Malawians are not ready to deal with that right now,” Banda said.

She urged the international community to allow “each country to have that debate freely without the pressure of being pushed.”

Banda also acknowledged her disappointment after Madonna scaled back charity efforts, scrapping a planned $15 million academy for girls. “It is a very painful matter,” she said.The Associated Press

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