A coalition of young pastors in Malawi have threatened to drag the government to court to force it to arrest 4 000 homosexuals living in northern Malawi’s city of Mzuzu.
The Young Pastors Coalition of Malawi (YPCM) has accused the government of encouraging homosexuality through its failure to arrest gays and lesbians.
The call comes after a local human rights grouping Centre for the Development of the People (Cedep) released research findings which indicate that northern Malawi’s city of Mzuzu has a population of 4 000 homosexuals.
The survey by Cedep was conducted to establish HIV/Aids and socio-behavioural characteristics amongst men who have sex with men.
Despite same sex relations being outlawed, Malawi government has been reluctant to arrest and prosecute homosexuals.
The survey results have irked the pastors who argue that the research was conducted as part of advocacy to promote homosexuality in Malawi.