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Two gay men arrested in Malawi after getting engaged are to be charged with gross public indecency, police say. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza held a traditional engagement ceremony over the weekend - believed to be the first gay couple in Malawi to do so. The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre says the pair have been seen relaxing at the police station with Mr Tiwonge still wearing the dress he wore at the engagement party. He says they may have to spend a few more nights in jail as the judiciary is on its Christmas recess and they will not be able to appear in court until next Monday. Our correspondent says Malawi is a deeply conservative society, but recently a group of campaigners came together to form a gay rights organisation, Centre for the Development of People CEDEP. CEDEP's executive director, Gift Trapence, says the laws used to arrest the couple are invalid because they are against the Bill of Rights enshrined in the constitution. They are what they are," he told the BBC.
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Malawi's government has been defiant in the face of international criticism over the couple's prosecution since they were arrested in December. Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a year-old hotel janitor, and his unemployed partner Steven Monjeza, 26, were arrested the day after they celebrated their engagement with a party at the hotel where Chimbalanga worked — an apparent first in Malawi. Undule Mwakasungula, a gay rights activist in Malawi, said the couple's decision to declare their relationship with an engagement ceremony appears to have been personal, not political. Others have been prosecuted under the law but this case was different because the two men were open about their homosexuality, Mwakasungula said. The couple were convicted of unnatural acts and gross indecency under laws dating from the colonial era.
A Malawi court today sentenced a gay couple to 14 years in jail for practicing homosexuality. The case has brought criticism from the US and Europe, which provide more than 40 percent of Malawi's government budget. May 20, Malawians appear to widely support Thursday's sentencing of a gay couple here to 14 years in prison for practicing homosexuality, despite widespread condemnation of the case from human rights groups and foreign governments. Many Malawians say being gay is unnatural and unpatriotic, and they welcomed the jail sentence as a repudiation of secular culture.