Apostle Samuel Chilenje of Jesus Pentecostal Church has asked President Joyce Banda to call for a referendum on whether Malawians should obey donors and not God on the issue of same-sex relationships.
In an interview on Sunday, Chilenje cautioned Banda to slow down on repealing laws on same-sex relationships, arguing that there should be adequate consultations with all religious institutions.
“The religious community has a strong feeling that Godâ€™s command to ban these indecent acts should be fulfilled. I would urge Her Excellency Mrs Joyce Banda to slow down, put the Bill or law aside. There must be enough consultations with religious bodies. Let there be a referendum to find out if Malawians are ready for such indecent acts which are against God. Let us find out if Malawians are ready to obey people [donors] rather than God.
“Anything against our culture should not be taken to Parliament for reversal,” said Chilenje.
His comments come in the wake of Bandaâ€™s speech in Parliament Friday last week in which she said bad laws would be repealed and these include the provisions dealing with indecent practices and unnatural acts.
Chilenje argued that article 55 of the United Nations Charter which same-sex advocates use does not speak of minority rights and said minority rights do not have universal respect as required by article 55.
Executive director of the Human Rights Consultative Committee Undule Mwakasungula welcomed the Presidentâ€™s step on homosexuality laws.
On Chilenjeâ€™s comments, Mwakasungula said the apostle should learn to respect other peopleâ€™s rights.