BLANTYRE--Pres Joyce Banda says Malawi isn't ready to repeal a law which outlaws homosexuality in spite of her pledge to work to change the law.
Banda, who assumed power in April following the death of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika to become Africa's second female head of state, was quoted by The Associated Press saying Malawians don’t support changing the law.
"Anyone who has listened to the debate in Malawi realizes that Malawians are not ready to deal with that right now," Banda told the news agency in an interview.
She said there was need for "each country to have that debate freely without the pressure of being pushed."
Malawians overwhelmingly oppose homosexuality which they say is alien.
Rights activists however say the country’s penal code needs to reflect Malawi’s new constitution, adopted in 1995, which recognizes the rights of all.
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