One of two gay men jailed in Malawi after they got engaged has been transferred to another prison, a human rights campaigner and gay rights activist said Wednesday.
It was not clear why Steven Mojenza was moved from Chichiri prison, where he had been serving time with his partner, Tiwonge Chimbalanga. The pair was sentenced last week to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of gross indecency and unnatural acts.
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Though in separate cells at Chichiri, the men were able to see each other briefly “from time to time,” said Peter Tatchell, a London-based gay rights activist who has been advocating for the men.
Gift Trapence, executive director of the Malawi-based human rights group Center for the Development of People, visited Chimbalanga in prison Wednesday and said Mojenza was not the only prisoner who was moved to another facility.
Trapence said he planned to visit Mojenza at the new prison Thursday and would learn more then.
Tatchell expressed fears for Mojenza’s mental and physical health.
No appeal has been scheduled, Trapence said.