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Anti-homosexuality issues dominate poetry feast

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Anti-homosexuality issues dominated the Ndakatulo 2016 show held at Chrichi Gardens in Blantyre on Friday.

This being the day when the country remembers one of the heroes John Chilembwe, poets made sure they reminded the not-so huge audience Chilembwe’s exploits.

But poets also took this platform to voice out their concern on the homosexuality issue which has engulfed the country with several people against it.

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It was the same on Friday when poets in their verses hit at those advocating for homosexuality, saying this cannot be tolerated.

Poet Joseph Madzedze of the ‘Achikabula’ fame was the first to dish out a poem on the issue before others followed suit but it was poet of the moment, Karonga-based Robert Chiwamba, who came out the hardest.

He dished out a fresh poem which he said he is yet to record titled ‘Takana Mathanyula,’ which had people cheering him on.

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In the poem, Chiwamba, who also has another poem on homosexuality titled ‘Muzafa Imfa Yowawa’ speaks against homosexuality and hits at donors and human rights organisations for not listening to what people on the ground are saying.

The poet, who last year launched a new album titled Kwa Mai Chiwamba said as an artist he also has a duty to speak for the voiceless, hence coming up with a poem against homosexuality.

“What I have noticed is that as a country sometimes we do things upside down, we have a lot of important issues which we are supposed to attend to, you talk of poverty but we are busy focusing our attention on homosexuality,” said Chiwamba.

He said homosexuality is something which should not hold Malawians at ransom as people all over the country have spoken that they are against it.

“Why are we wasting time on this issue when Malawians all over have spoken to say they are against homosexuality? In our culture this cannot be accepted and the government, human rights organisations and donors should listen,” said Chiwamba.

Recently musician Lucius Banda, popularly known as Soldier, also stopped his performance at Zitherepano in Mangochi after seeing two men who he described as ‘gays’ holding each other and at kissing.

Some human rights organisations came out to hit at him for stopping a show because he saw ‘gays.’

Lucius has since received backing from fellow artists giving him thumbs up for not tolerating homosexuality.

The homosexuality issue is currently at its peak in the country and recently Peoples Party (PP) Publicity Secretary Ken Msonda came out to say that gays and lesbians should be ‘killed.’

He has been rebuked for making such remarks and has since been summoned by the court.

Chiwamba, who was the toast during the show reciting several poems with the last one ‘Pampanda’ by public demand said he did not know what to anticipate with his ‘Takana Mathanyula,’ poem but with the support from the audience, he was now going ahead to record it.

Asked what his secret has been to winning the hearts of many people with his poems, Chiwamba said:

“God has been on my side and again I believe people love the issues which I tackle because they are issues which affect people in the day to day life.”

The poetry feast continued from last year’s exploits where poets put up impressive performances satisfying the audience.

Some of the poets that entertained people on the day included Raphael Sitima, who also did well impressing with his poem ‘Chala Changa,’ in which he hits at politicians for cheating people during campaign and once elected they neglect the voters.

The others were Hudson Chamasowa, Kenneth Kondiwa, Samuel Joseph and Sylvester Kalizang’oma

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