Mutharika goes soft on Lake Malawi row

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… Malawi to take matter to ICC

Malawi President Peter Mutharika maintains his government is in talks with neighboring Tanzania on a heightened dispute over Lake Malawi.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi: Centre of the dispute.

The Malawi leader made the revelations in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in parliament in Lilongwe this afternoon.

Mutharika says that at the moment, the two governments are into amicable talks so that an amicable solution is reached over the boundary dispute.

”Government (Malawi) is working on an amicable solution to the so called Lake Malawi boundary dispute. But the matter remains clear for 126 years.” he said.

Recently, ex Minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation George Chaponda said the lake wrangle could have been resolved long time ago but the previous administration did not use the right procedures in allowing a forum led by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano to mediate on the issue.

“We will resolve the Lake Malawi wrangle soon and the heads of state who are handling the matter will meet in May,” said Chaponda.

 

Said Chaponda: “If the matter favors Tanzania we have no choice but to go to the International Court of Justice because the lake belongs to Malawi.”

Peter Mutharika

Mutharika sticks to his guns.

Mutharika’s government has overtime maintained that Lake Malawi is not negotiable-a stand the Tanzania also stands on to, according to reports.

After one of the meetings, Head of the mediating team, Chisano was quoted by allafrica.com as saying that the talks reached deadlock as the two sides adopted rigid positions.

Tanzania is claiming ownership of the part of the water resource.

The Helgoland Treaty of 1896 and the OAU resolution of 1985 both name Malawi as the ‘rightful’ owner of the Lake.

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  1. MR PRESIDENT . THE ISSUE OF THE LAKE IS IN YOUR HANDS NO MATTER WHAT .HOLD IT AMMICABLY .OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL SHELD BLOOD TO GET BACK THE LAKE SHOULD YOU LOSE IT TO TANZANIA.

  2. An overdue case, withstanding for Longtime.
    Dialogue a Principle of The First President failed, and it’s clear No Conclusion will be reached. But shall be for Generation Generation.
    Problem we are Weak in Everything, Equipment, Finances, Neighborliness, start War Obvious Innocent People Will Perish.
    Let’s keep on Involving These International Bodies to resolve This.

  3. lake malawi is for malawian, if we dare to make amistake the future generations will blame us, Tanzania wants to make an issue where there is no issue. discussion for what?

  4. To point of view, Joyce Banda administration was close to resolve that lake wrangle than Peter’s administration. He is drifting back to the failed negotiations. He is cooling the situation but not resolving for future generations. It will resurrect again. That’s is not a political matter but will be solved only by legal angle. The strong leader is the who is going to ruin Tanzania to international court not by mare negotiations and no country surrender the land the illegally occupied by just negotiations. Show me one

  5. MR PRESIDENT . TELL TANZANIA THAT THEY SHOULD START WITH INDIAN OCEAN . THEY SHOULD CALL IT TANZANIA OCEAN . THEY HAVE LAKE TANGANYIKA . THEY HAVE INDIAN OCEAN AND THEY WANT LAKE MALAWI, WHAT FOR ?

  6. Wafa wafa Tanzania isatitengere Ku ntoso ngati mariro anjoka asatiyese tingokwapulana nawo asamadere movie nyanja ndi yathu basi akayishosha tibandulanenawo basi.

  7. Asirikakalki mukuchitpo chiyani Ntchito kungolembana pachiweni .Ndikudziwa kukasungisa bata nayiko ena ndalama zosamvera kuwawa.chikatere mchiyani ?fotseki

  8. just a point of collection ICC does not deal with disputes between a states but its the ICJ that looks into disputes between states. ICC looks on issues do crimes against humanity, crimes of war etc…
    Despite that war is allowed, But when you read: The UN chatter, AU chatter, and SADC chatter article 4, it says disputes between states shall or must be resolved in amicable manner. This means that negotiation or mediation is valid to resolve disputes between States. But when the issues has been resolved in a bias manner a state has right to take the case to the ICJ of which it is expensive to do so. But war is the last resolution if all means of negotiations deals have failed.

  9. just a point of collection ICC does not deal with disputes between a states but its the ICJ that looks into disputes between states. ICC looks on issues do crimes against humanity, crimes of war etc…
    Despite that war is allowed, But when you read: The UN chatter, AU chatter, and SADC chatter article 4, it says disputes between states shall or must be resolved in amicable manner. This means that negotiation or mediation is valid to resolve disputes between States. But when the issues has been resolved in a bias manner a state has right to take the case to the ICJ of which it is expensive to do so. But war is the last resolution if all means of negotiations deals have failed.

  10. I just like the way people are commenting because it tells me how much Malawians loves their country but war should not be the option.Leave these empty headed Tanzanians, they can’t snatch from as a square mm nor spoiling our freshwater.

  11. Zida zankhondo zomwe a Tanzania alinazo ndi zapamwamba kwambiri kuposa za Malawi Army or Muthalikayu akuziwanso zimenezi nchifukwa chake Malawi singalowe dala munkhondo ikuziwa bwino za zida zoopsa za a Tanzania.Atanzania wa atha kutithira machaka kwa ma week ocepa afika kale ku Southern region ya Malawi .Ziko lisanayambe nkhondo limafunika kuziwa mayimidwe ndi zida za mdaniyo.

  12. Kamuzu ndi Nyerere nkhani anaikamba inatha kalekale. koma anthu mukulimbikilila nkhondo why? kwa amene nkhondo akuidziwa sangakambe ….Nyerere anamuuza Kamuzu kuti nyanja yanu ikumatenga mchenga wa dziko lathu muzilipila Kamuzuso naye anamuuza Nyerere ngati ndichomcho dziko la Malawi libwelela pa original map Mbeya nditenga onse anagonjelana nde ndikudabwa kuti ana akukangana chomsecho makolo anagwilizana ,ine nde ndimangokuyang’anani

  13. Munababadana kweko Amalawi na mataznanias mungamala munatuza ife pyathu phee kule kumba tchuliwa ku Joni kule imwe muna piona mwekha kweko ife kuvera kwene mphangwa za imwepo pamsu pathu msumanaino

  14. Malawians can we stop hearing zammaluwa? The President speech was on radio broadcasted live and I didn’t hear APM what our news papers are reporting just now, let’s take first hand info, za kumva kuwondesa

  15. MxM no story here. mwana akamamenyedwaaaa ndikholo lina kumakhala kuliona kupusa kholo lamwini mwanalo chimozi mozi apa boma latazania akuliona kupusa boma lanalawi presdent wathu tulo, kale kunalibe izi

  16. Muntharika so stupid as he is will just give up 4 this war. I knw tht the wealthy he has gained in his time will be enough 4 him not 2 stand 4 the Malawi Nation. GOOD LUCKY BUDDY. Leave Malawi peacifully!

  17. ‘No discusion on lake Malawi isue’,Mutharika said.Why is he discusing with them?.Why wasting time with stupid people?.They cannot take our lake no matter what.If they want fight we shall fight but nothing will change i promise and believe me.

  18. Come 2019, I will restore the dignity of all Malawians by giving them back their lake. This is my manifesto. Malawians have always owned the lake it to them alone the lake belongs. You do not lose time negotiating with an aggressor but use tactics that will suit the aggressor’s attitude.

  19. I would rather to have a war with Tanzania to fight for our Lake than giving them our Lake. For how long is this issue come up to an end? Is it because they are not educated or what? Is there Lake Malawi on their map? And if so, then why Lake Malawi and not Lake Tanzania or Tanganyika? Is it out of their minds? Lake Malawi will always belong to Malawi no matter what? And God will always be to our side cause we don’t have any problems with them and I believe that God almighty will fight for us.

  20. koma Mutharika ali ndi alangizi koma? kapena akugona? Malawi muzaka za mmbuyo samaopsezedwa ndi maiko ena ndipo mapresident alerowa ndi amantha ndipo ndi chifukwa chiani kumaononga ndalama kumalipira aMDF ntchito ndi chiani kulanda makala basi ? Anthu enanu ndi osazindikira ndithu panopa Zambia ikulowelera kulima kukasungu ndipo Mozambique ndi iyi asilikari awo adapha aMalawi 4 kodi kupusa kumeneku bwanji? Nyanja mulanditse chonchi? ku ICC zimatenga nthawi ndipo mapeto ake nyanja idzagawidwa chifukwa cha usilu mantha aMalawi koma kulalatilana tokha tokha ngati anzeru eti alangizi ake ogona nduna zogona anthu akenso mbuzi perekani nyanjayo

  21. Asalole kulandidwa nyanjayo ndiyathu.kulibwinokhondoikhalepo.kumaganiza mwachangu.amalawi timadalila nyanja.imeneyondiimeneingatitukule.akuluanati(kalamukakola).

  22. Tanzania makani amenewa yaponda mwala eti.Ifuse mozambique kuti Samola machelo tinamutani mingufulu ngati watopa nawo moyo ingotula pasi udindo Malawi ndi dziko loopa chauta udzayesa tsoka titalanda tanzania yose chejera Malawi kufatsaku sikupusa ayi.

  23. mukukanika kutuma asilikali kuti akadikile nyanja yathu yokongolayi koma kuwatuma asilikali kumakamenya athu okuvotelani kudzalanyama shem on u poor readership

    • kodi nawe sasamba ukuti chani apa kusowazolembaet unayiona nyanja itagulitsidwa ndimunthu ukumu tchulayo kapena anena kuti akuombola osangokhalabwa ndi umbutumawakowo.

  24. Tulo amalawi. Mozambique idatibela a good part of our land, lake malawi and shire river. Lero muti former mozambique leader will help u. are u sure? Tanzania wants to do the same as what mozambique did? adatibera a good part of our land and now they want our lake. kugona basi. malawi ithatu iyi tikupusa kwambiri. Please try to repossess the land which these two nations robbed us, surely, they will leave our lake malawi river shire free. kugona bwanji amalawi.

  25. Pepani enanu mwabadwa dzulo mtima wanu ndiwofuna khondo komanso kuti iyambika kuthawanso simudziwa zipatso zakhondo ndi mavuto iye sikuti ndikufowoka koma 1 akunganizila khondo sichitichika chisawawa dziko imakhala ndi zifukwa ngati mwakhuta siyani mukukambazo zopanda nzeruzo mufunse anthu aku mozambiquie kuti khondo imatani kupenga eti akuteteza miyoyo yanuyo akudziwa musakolezele zithu zopanda mphotho ayi ngati mulibe mfundo pezani china chochita kapena kukhala chete kulekela ena komanso sitima imaphweka akuyendetsa wina inu zomwe zikuwoneka zopusazo kukupatsani palibe mungachitepo stop talking nonses on this page just encourage him

    • u sound great bt let me tell u dis,ndinabadwa 1986,nyumba ya makolo anga ndikuiziwa nde after 29 yrs neba wathu abwere azati nyumba yomwe tikukhalayo ndi yawo,do you think ameneyo akufuna chani?Ndipo ineyo ndikamupatsa mpata okambirana tizikambirana zichani?uyuyu ndikhoza kumukupula maphava omwe yekha sangabwelenso ngati ndi chamba chikhoza kusungunuka……..back to bussuness,30 yrs now ndinabadwa ili lake Malawi,nde lero wina abwere aziti nyanja ndiyao akufuna chani?Ntchito ya asilikali ona mwa iyo ndi imeneyi kuteteza dziko lawo osati kumenya anthu ootha makala ,Muthalika ayenera kuwauza a neba mwachindunji kuti enough is enough mkuwathandiza maganizo awowo.Amwene ngati mukusunga galu mkumachita mantha ali pa khomo panu mupheni sakuthandizani,lake Malawi is ours there is no need to fear

    • Zowona nyanja siyawo koma thawi zina kumva maganizo anzako ndibwino inu mukutelo pamene ana momo zomwe mukufuna inuzo sakufuna akhoza kutelo pamapeto pake ndi inu nomwe mumutembenukile kuti ndiwoyipa wawonongetsa anthu zitheka but think twice b4 u take an action bro dont rush

    • Ok opanda mathanu talandani kodi siwayipeza nyanjayo italandidwa idalandidwa akulamulila ndani nanga iyeyo adatani muulamulilo wake osalanda kudziwa nzeru ndikutha ndizithu zosiyana ena amamenya khondo ndipakamwa zithu ndikutheka enamatha ndizida zithu ndikutheka komanso kuvuta nde liuzeni boma likutumizeni mukanye khondo malo amwaife mwayayo sivuto

    • Kubadwa kale sikuziwa fisi man.wina akamaphweketsa kuthira makofi_______________matanzanian akuderera mita chifukwa cha anthu obadwa kale koma mopepera.ndizijatu munasiira chilembwe nkhondo yoti imaombola amalawi pamsinga yaukapolo.inakakhala ngati ndi nyengo ino mukuwona ngati chilembwe akanakhala yekha?ndie lero muzitiopseza pofuna kutetera nyanja yathu.

    • Palibe amene analandisa nyanja.Apa ndiye ndakutulukirani kuti mukuyankhulira chipani.Njira ya dialogue ndimene inkatsatidwa mbuyomu koma APM ali wotsutsa boma ananena kuti akanakhala iye sakanachedwa ndizimenezo chifukwa nyanja ndiyathu.MUSADABWE!!

  26. Kkkkkk Kudontha president, bolaso
    mzimayi uja Joice Banda ankalankhulako zomveka, koma mdala uyuyu ndiye aaaa utsi weniweni uli phaaa kufuka. Mavotavota athuwa tidavotera galu wakufa.

  27. Mr president, this is our lake. If anything, let’s fight them. We have soldiers and they are well trained including magic. We will win Israel took over Golan Heights through war, why not us ? Malawi is the Israel of Africa. Let’s do it.

  28. Munthu kumuphalıra unenesko kutı ımwe mukumanyıka yaıı pankhanı ya nyanja ıyı nja malawı mbwenu kale wakawankhu kutı wajıjajıke lero ka mutu muchanya

  29. Palibe utsogoleri pamenepa a malawi taganidzani za( lake malawi) makolo athu mpakana ife m’bado ino. Koma ngati sakudziwa afunse ku boma la ( britain)

  30. Kukambilanaso zi chani apa ndinu amene amakulandani ana pukuuza kuti mwana siwanu baba just tell those TZ president tht it our Lake

  31. Why dont he just tell tanzania dat this is lake malawi n it will never be called lake tanzania kuwopa kumenyedwa koma asilikali alinawo

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