Lhomwe state: Pressure group wants referendum

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People’s Land Organisation (PLO) has asked government to organise a referendum so that people in Mulanje and Thyolo can vote on whether the districts should become one sovereign state or not.

PLO has been lobbying for the two districts to become one independent state saying government has failed to resolve the land wrangles in the areas.

Vincent Wandale

Spearheading the calls: Vincent Wandale

Leader of PLO Vincent Wandale said government should let people of Mulanje and Thyolo speak for themselves on whether the districts should form an independent state through a referendum.

He said government signed covenants that gives people the right to self-determination.

“Government signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant and Economic Social Cultural Rights which says people have the right to exercise the right to self-determination,” said Wandale.

However, in a statement released by the ministry of information on Thursday, government said it needed much time to resolve the matter.

But Wandale said the issue has been there for a long time and government has been saying it needed time hence this time the group will not relent.

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