One of Malawi, gay partner pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika from a 14 year jail, Tiwonge Chimbalanga also well known as ‘Aunt Tiwo’ is reportedly missing.
Chimbalanga was released from prison on Saturday after President Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned the gay couple on “humanitarian grounds”.
Malawi Prison chief, Macdonald Chaona told Nyasa Times that Aunt Tiwo was taken to his home village in Thyolo on Saturday night, some 36 kilometers from Blantyre, after being released.
But since his release, Aunt Tiwo has been at large.
His brother-in-law, Maxwell Manda, who works at the High Court, said he had not seen Aunt Tiwo and pointed out that he wanted to leave Malawi upon his release.
“I have not seen him. I don’t know where he is. But he wanted to leave the country after the being released,” said Manda
His uncle, village headman Chimbalanga said Aunt Tiwo arrived in the village at 9pm on Saturday but since then he has not been seen around.
Announcing their pardon, President Mutharika warned that homosexuality remains illegal in Malawi.
Minister of Gender, Women and Children has since warned that the gay couple could be rearrested if they continued with their same-sex relationship.
Steven Monjeza the partner for Chimbalanga told The Nation newspaper that he does not regret falling in love with Aunt Tiwo and also pointed that he has not been in-touch with him since the release from jail.
The couple’s lawyer Mauya Msuku also said he has had no contact with Aunt Tiwo and his partner.