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article imageMalawi president blasts donors on pressure for gay couple release Special

By Chancy Namadzunda     Jun 4, 2010 in World
Lilongwe - Malawi president Professor Bingu wa Mutharika has blasted donors, accusing them of using the issue of the gay couple to discredit his government.
Mutharika pardoned the couple who were sentenced to after meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Mutharika told reporters in Lilongwe on his arrival from a two day Franco-Africa Summit that he did not want to subject the country to unnecessary suffering because of two confused people.
“These donors apart from condemning my government on the gay couple, they also condemned us for purchasing a private jet and even reduced their support for that. If they continue to reduce the support, then they have to close their offices and go,” said Mutharika who referred to Tiwonge’s movements as ‘stupid, demonic and useless.’
“Chimbalanga and Monjeza were being used and I was not about to let this country be led astray or suffer because of two misguided and confused men. Their actions were disgusting, demanding and disregard of our culture, religion and laws. I am now waiting to hear what else donors will demand from me,” said Mutharika who is also Africa Union Chairman
During the press briefing organized by the Center for Human rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Chimbalanga thanked the president for their pardon and the international community for fighting for their release.
“The president has demonstrated that he is a caring father, a considerate and tolerant president. We wish him a good in every day endeavors as he continues leading the country to respecting human rights.
We kindly request the press and the general public to now show respect to our privacy and dignity,” said Chimbalanga
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