19 August 2016 Last updated at: 5:34 AM
Wandale back in action: Tea estates to be shared next month in Thyolo, MJ
…still claims Thyolo and Mulanje are not part of Malawi
People’s Land Organization (PLO) president Vincent Wandale has announced that his organisation will seize tea estates in Thyolo and Mulanje and distribute the land to residents next month, Malawi24 can report.
According to Wandale, this follows Malawi government’s silence on the concerns raised by his organisation about tea estates in both Thyolo and Mulanje.
PLO 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.
A few months ago, Wandale declared Mulanje and Thyolo districts as one sovereign state called African Traditionalists Republic of the United States of Thyolo and Mulanje but government said it was a mere declaration.
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Meanwhile, the organization has come back as it has set September 1 as the day when people in the two districts will share the tea estates which are currently owned by private companies.
“As of now the people say they just need the land back to them not later than first September, so by bowing down to their needs we have set first September when the development will happen.
“We will distribute the land to the people who don’t have any piece of land and the land being distributed is the idle land this is by public demand and there is nothing we can do, that’s what people in the two districts want,” said Wandale.
He added that they have written all government departments and all other stakeholders informing them of the action to be taken.