Malawi president slaps donors over supporting gays but not African children

09:23, June 17, 2010      

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Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika who is also the chairman of African Union on Wednesday blasted donors over support of gays instead of suffering African children.

"You come and talk nonsense, threatening to stop aid because of detained gays. What are you doing to the suffering African child?" Mutharika challenged in Lilongwe at the commemorating event of the International Day of the African child which fall on June 16 every year.

Mutharika announced on May 29th the pardon of a jailed gay couple who were sentenced to 14 years earlier last month, which triggered criticisms from the International community.

The pardon decision was made at a press briefing at the state house after Mutharika met with visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The president said his pardon to the gay couple was on humanitarian grounds but what they did was criminal and against the country's culture.

Incidentally, Plan International in Malawi has announced a funding of over 667,000 U.S. dollars towards child development programs in the country.

Plan International country director Bolaji Akinboro made the announcement at the same event on Wednesday.

"I would like to announce that Plan International will invest at least 1 billion MK (over 667,000 U.S. dollars) for early childhood development, youth and child empowerment, and this is to run for over a period of two years," said Akinboro.

The Malawi president concluded his Day of African Child speech by urging the Malawi judiciary and beyond to give stiff punishments to those found guilty of abusing children.

This year's Day of African Child theme was "planning and budgeting for the well-being of the child: a collective responsibility."

Source: Xinhua
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