Apparently this is what you have to do to survive the hostile anti-LGBT climate in Malawi. Steven Monjeza has renounced Tiwonge Chimbalanga, reports The Nyasa Times.
"Steven Monjeza has dumped Tiwonge Chimbalanga –Aunt Tiwo- who he engaged in the first Malawi gay ceremony that earned them a 14 years imprisonment for homosexuality. They were pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika after conceding international pressure. But according to The Nation newspaper, Malawi’s authoritative daily; Monjeza has found a woman, Dorothy Gulo, 24, to marry and claims he was forced into the ‘gay drama’. The man has said he will expose the people that allegedly forced him into the gay act if they continue to pester him. The paper reports that Monjeza alleges that he never had sex with his fellow man, Tiwonge."
Monjeza also claims he was forced to hold last week's news conference, which was his first time seen in public with Chimbalanga since last week's presidential pardon from their sentence of 14 years' hard labor. Monjeza says he was "kidnapped" and forced to attend a "drinking orgy."
"We were pardoned but I know the law can bounce back on us if we are not careful. Although I claimed that I still love Tiwo, I did not mean it. I have never had sex with him as was revealed in court. That is why the medical examination failed to establish any anal penetration. I was coerced into the whole thing, The Nation quoted him. They forcefully picked me from my house in Kameza when I was drunk. They bundled me into their car and said they were taking me for a drink. Indeed, I was treated to a drinking orgy throughout the journey but no one revealed where we were going until I reached a house in Lilongwe to find Tiwo. He told me that there are many countries willing to take us but I told him I was not interested and would not go."
On May 29, President Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned the couple from their sentence of 14 years' hard labor. The couple was convicted of "unnatural acts" and gross indecency for holding an engagement ceremony. Last week, Patricia Kaliati, Malawi's Minister of Gender and Children, told the BBC that Monjeza and Chimbalanga's release "does not mean" they can continue their relationship.
H/T: Box Turtle Bulletin