Steven and Tiwonge PARDONED

In a massive turn around  the President of Malawi has pardoned Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20 and ordered their immediate release no doubt that he has submitted to pressure from within Africa and internationally.  A real snub to the likes of Obasanjo and Bahati etc.

Mr Mutharika, speaking as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Lilongwe, said he had ordered their immediate release.

Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were given 14-year jail terms after being convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts.

The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.

Mr Ban said he welcomed the president’s decision.

Correspondents say Malawi is a deeply conservative society where religious leaders equate same-sex liaisons with Satanism.

Mr Mutharika, who has in the past dismissed homosexuality as alien, said he had set them free on humanitarian grounds.

This is the second good news of the day as the Ugandan government has promised not to pursue any additional penalities against LGBTI people