The Malawi authorities have told gay activists who put up posters and distribute leaflets on the streets anonymously to “come out in the open.” Government official Kingsley Namakhwa said it was against the law to mount such campaigns anonymously. But he also pointed out that homosexuality was illegal, and anyone promoting it would be prosecuted. Rights groups have recently criticized Malawi for prosecuting two men who got engaged to each other. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, believed to be the first gay couple in Malawi to start the marriage process, have pleaded not guilty to charges of public indecency. Their trial is due to start soon. “As far as the Malawi government is concerned we only have two gays in Malawi - Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga,” Namakhwa said. “If there are others, let them come out in the open.” (BBC)

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