An update on Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple who became the focus of international attention after they were sentenced to 14 years' hard labor for holding an engagement ceremony. Only one week after their pardon by President Bingu wa Mutharika, Monjeza publicly renounced Chimbalanga and announced his engagement to a woman named Dorothy Gulo.
Monjeza and Gulo's engagement is sadly becoming more tabloid fodder, reports The Nyasa Times.
"When Nyasa Times tried to find out about Monjeza’s new sweet heart, it was discovered that she is a prostitute (hooker) who stays in a one roomed apartment behind one of the bars in Chirimba. 'Actually the two met at a drinking joint because Steve is an alcoholic,' said (a neighbor). Monjeza’s sister refused to speak to the media but said apart from what the papers said about the new love, there is nothing that the family know about Dorothy. The sister said she feels sorry for Monjeza who she described as a shame to her family."
The newspaper also reports a businessman attempted to offer Monjeza money to start over, but "found him drunk" over several days. Yet another casualty of the harsh anti-LGBT climate ...
In related news: Monjeza's public renunciation of Chimbalanga was reported by media in Ghana, with the proviso that Monjeza was "pressured ... due to death threats, public insults and abuses which also coupled with threats to re-arrest the duo by the government and police." Those important facts are glossed over by media in Malawi.