Namisa Blogger of the year 2013,Stimulating the much needed debate

Leader of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) in Parliament Dr. George Thapatula Chaponda today said his party will not support the repealing of the laws especially on the same sex marriage if brought into the house. He said before the death of its leader, Bingu wa Mutharika, such laws were sent to the Law Commission for review and that what was remaining was the process by the Law Commission to consult various stakeholders at one point or another regarding the matter and make a recommendation.

In her first State of the Nation address to Parliament, President Mrs. Banda said: “Some laws which were duly passed by the august house… will be repealed as a matter of urgency… these include the provisions regarding indecent practices and unnatural acts”.

Chaponda said it is his hope that such law and others on the list will be thoroughly debated in the House according to procedures as they contain some elements which are good for the country.

He urged government and parliamentarians to be very careful and ensure that the process of repealing these legislations, especially the same sex marriages act, is not dictated by donors.

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