Blantyre, The Ethics, Peace and Justice Commission (EPJC) of the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) has said referendum is the only credible and accepted way to get views from the public on whether the country should remove laws from the constitution that criminalize homosexuality.
As pressure mounts from the public, government has put in place a stakeholder centred public inquiry to get people’s views on issues of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTI), a procedure EPJC is not pleased with.
In a statement released on Monday, 2017, EPJC said referendum is the only credible and accepted procedure to get the views from the public on homosexuality.
Any change or removal of the laws that criminalize homosexuality will by implication mean a change in the definition, scope of marriage and family as stipulated in our constitution and other domestic laws. So consulting Malawians through referendum is the best way to repeal the laws, reads the statement in part.
The statement also quotes a Law Commission report on Electoral Laws (2017) which states that government should call for a referendum on the matter as a way of easing pressure from the public.
And during the 2014 presidential election debate, President Arthur Peter Mutharika promised Malawians that he would call for a referendum as a way forward on the pressing issue.
As EPJC, our stand still remains that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination before God. So time has come for Malawians to rise up to the occasion to defend the constitution, said the statement.
The EPJC is a special Commission of EAM- an umbrella church mother body of 64 Church denominations and 58 Christian Organizations in Malawi whose mandate is to promote peace, justice and good governance in Malawi.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA