The continued failure by government to solve estate land issues that started months ago, has yet again seen the resurrection of calls for Mulanje and Thyolo districts to secede from mainland Malawi.
The advocates have been making the calls through the People’s Land Organisation (PLO).
The grouping wants the government to rule that all the companies which own estates in the districts got them illegally and also wants all the tea estates which are not being used to be shared to people who don’t have land for cultivation.
PLO leader, Vincent Wandale, has overtime maintained that the Malawi government has failed to meet the demands of the people in the two districts.
While saying that the job opportunities that tea companies that are owed by Britons are just not enough for people, he said it is unfortunate that the companies have not developed the two districts and that they pay just little money to the laborers.
”Just MK8500 for a fortnight?. How can the people support their families with just little money? Wondered Wandale in a recent interview with the media.
”This Declaration of Independence of Thyolo and Mulanje Districts of the republic of Malawi reflects the will of the people of Thyolo and Mulanje. It is made in accordance with the charter of the United Nations provisions on peaceful self-determination and was sanctioned by over 1000 names and signatures of PLO members that petitioned the UN on 15th September 2015 to act on the payment claims of thangata and colonial land grab submitted to colonial estate owners of Thyolo and Mulanje. The petition was shared with Government of Malawi on 15th July 2015 for their prior intervention which proved futile.” posted Wandale on Facebook recently in a post he dubbed declaration of Independence of Thyolo and Mulanje ditsricts from the republic of Malawi.
In December last year the grouping had given the Peter Mutharika administration just 30 days to negotiate on the matter and that failure would make the two districts their own country.
The two districts according to PLO will be known as “African Traditionalist Republic of the United States of Thyolo and Mulanje (MUST).”
The PLO has however received condemnation by chiefs from the two districts who Malawi24 understands that th PLO belive they have been bribed not to support the calls.
Vocal Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa Thyolo maintains that the chiefs do not support the calls for the peace and unity of Malawi and not for the said attachment to the government.
“We are the custodians of the people but all of us do not know him and his conduct request police to investigate and arrest him so that he properly explains his bizarre actions,” said Ngolongoliwa.
He said Police should arrest Wandele for conduct likely to cause breach of peace in his demand for Thyolo and Mulande to have self-rule and that he was also “swindling people’s money under the pretence that he will give them land.”