4 October 2016 Last updated at: 8:52 AM
Wandale wants to be tried in an international court
The self-imposed president of republic of Thyolo and Mulanje districts Vincent Wandale has disclosed that he is to take land wrangle issue to International Criminal Court (ICC) arguing that he cannot be charged under the constitution of Malawi.
Speaking in court on Monday, Wandale said Malawi government has no power to charge any person from the two districts.
Wandale was arrested last month for mobilizing locals in the two districts to share land that belongs to tea estate owners.
He, under People’s Land Organization (PLO), was reported to have grabbed land at Conforzi tea estate.
Wandale is now answering charges of conspiracy to commit misdemeanor, unauthorized use of land, and criminal trespass.
During proceedings on Monday, the owners of Conforzi also showed the court documents supporting their ownership of the estate.
Last month, Magistrate Thokozani Soko convicted 19 other PLO members to a suspended sentence and ordered them to pay K5000 each as a bond saying the group was not conversant with laws of Malawi.