Malawi government has reacted with anger to Tanzania’s move to promote a new map which includes a disputed portion of Lake Malawi as part of the East African country’s territory.
According to a circular from chief secretary to government George Mkondiwa, Tanzania is promoting a map which portrays part of Lake Malawi as belonging to it.
The new Tanzania map has been produced at a time when the two countries are still at loggerheads over the demarcation of their borders around Lake Malawi.
Malawi has since claimed that its boundaries with Tanzania have never changed and are as designated by colonialists the Anglo-Heligoland Treaty.
Government has also insisted that it has never accepted claims that Tanzania owns part of the lake.
“Malawi will never, and has never, at any time, acquiesced to Tanzania’s unwarranted and unjustified territorial claims,” Mkondiwa said.
Meanwhile government has advised civil servants not to recognise the new Tanzania map at home or abroad.
“Malawi government would like to call upon all officials in government ministries, departments, and agencies to be alert on this matter and to continue rejecting and refusing to use all such maps appearing in any form or media including calendars, diaries, official documentation or other documents for any purpose or business,” said Mkondiwa.