Tanzania, Malawi taking different stands on Lake Malawi ownership

Lake Malawi

Neighbouring nations of Tanzania and Malawi are still fighting over Lake Malawi with leaders from both nations taking conflicting stands on the matter.

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Monday spoke at the opening the 4th ordinary session of Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa where he called for the need for nations to avoid causing rows over borders.

This was in reference to the longstanding row over part of the Lake Malawi which Tanzania claims it owns.

Peter Mutharika
Peter Mutharika hinted the Lake is not negotiable.

Mutharika said: “From the 1890 Heligoland Treaty to the 1964 Resolution on Border Disputes among African States by the OAU, there has never been a reason for disrespecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations. Africa did not come to be what it is by mistake. It is then wise to remember that we co-exist peacefully because our forefathers who founded the countries we govern today valued unity in spite of our boundaries,” said Mutharika.

This however comes hot on the heels of sentiments by Tanzania’s High Commissioner, Victoria Mwakasege, that her nation intends to fully benefit from resources from the water body as Malawi has plans to drill oil and source water from Salima to Lilongwe.

Media reports in Malawi quoted her as saying that Tanzania still cares for talks but would want to benefit from the lake – something that lengthens their five year stand they own part of the Lake.

‘’In as far as we are concerned we would want to benefit from the resources. We are aware Malawi is starting to drill oil from the lake,” she is quoted by a local paper.

Recently, Mutharika said the whole of the Lake belongs to Malawi and that it is not negotiable.

Besides that, President John Magufuli of Tanzania has been saying that part of Lake Malawi belongs to Tanzania.

Malawi earlier this year protested to the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) over a new map being promoted by Tanzania showing that the East African nation owns part of the lake.

A committee of former presidents led by the then Mozambican leader Joaquim Chissano is facilitating the talks – which have overtime proved fruitless.

The Lake Malawi dispute started way back in the 1960s but the current wrangle began after Malawi awarded licences to various companies to search for oil and gas on the lake.

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153 Comments

  1. Amalawi mantha mesa anati akazaona ndege zikuulukapo azaombela sono osakaulusa ndegezo nkukaiyamba ntchitoyo bwanji? Ndiye manthawo amenewo u alreaways say the whole lake belongs to malawi then why r u scared at ur own thing

  2. Why can’t we just have frindly war we tied of this story of lake magufulu has to learn a lesson lake malawi is ours not theirs# f**k Magufulu

  3. Nthawi zina zithuźi kumangoziyang’ana asogoliwa a kuziwa chomwe akuchita nkhani yoti ndiyosavuta kuithesa mpaka lero. Tikamayandikira çhisankho muzamva mundivotere ine zonse ñdithesa.Malawi sazatheka

  4. it was lake nyasa before when the country called nyasaland, and lake malawi now as we are Malawi now, if this lake belongs to Tanzania why u allowed as, to change names of lake that both representing our country ?

  5. ndikoswanapo ma kofi apa ndi mifuti iyaaaaa lero wina akadzuke manthongo mmaso muti lake malawi yatani dzina lokha likunena kuti lake malawi nde im aku tanzania muti chani ana a njoka inu

  6. matanzanians muzikhuta with all the land masses at your disposal scrumbling small malawian teritory kodi iwe magufuli ufuna utchuke chintundu wanji

  7. Ok let’s take Bakili muluzi to the lake Malawi and ask him about lake Malawi be careful Tanzania i don’t want fighting but if you try it i will show you black and white no Mercy no favour Malawi is Malawi

  8. Monga ngati a be forward anazitenga ma galimoto ndukumatengasa pangongole kumapeleka pang’ono pang’ono monga amachitira maiko azathu dziko lathu likanapita patsogolo azikatenga galimoto yatundu wina uliwonse kaya mamin bus atundu uliwonse tikanasiya kupita ku Tanzaniako tikumapangidwako khaza kwambiri.chikhalilecho athu ali busy ndi kuba ndalama m’boma.komaso muwaganizire athu nsokho ukudura chifukwa athu amapita kunja kumakagura ma galimoto ndikumapangidwa khaza ndi nebayi Tanzania.

  9. Ineyo ndi kamaona Malawi sazatheka amabungwe akulimbana ndi zopanda pake moti alowerere khani ya nyanja.nawo Osusa palibe chomwe akuchita angoti chete pakhani ya nyanja.tonse ndife a Malawi tiyeni tigwirane m’manja pothana ndi akubawa akufuna kutibera nyanja.kodi Mesa ife tili under Britain nanga osapita kunjako kukapepha zida za khondo zoopsa komanso ndege zoopsa.ngati sititha kukapepha bwanji tigure zida kapena tikatenge pangongole.kapena tipite ku China tikapephe zida za khondo ndi ndege za khondo.chinaso ineyotu ndikanakhala president ndikanatha kupeza ndege zapolisi zoti zizipanga patrol pa nyanja yathu ya Malawi ija.komaso ma galimoto amatha kubedwa ndege yapolisi itha kumapanga patrol.chonde chonde a president athu pitani kunja mukapephe ndege zapolice zitatu kumwera imodzi pa kati imodzi kupoto imodzi zoti ndege zizipanga patrol matawuni ndi mamidzi momwe amachitira maiko azathu .muphuzitse apolice ntchitoyo ya ndegeyo before 6 months pangani zomwezo tione kusitha vuto Lili ndi athu ife president akati apange chithu athu mumati dzikoli ndi losauka chocho tikuzibwezera tokha pansi chifukwa atati apeza ndege zapolisi kumatha ku chitika ngozi kumalo koti galimoto singafikeko ndege itha kukafikako ndiye kuti ife tizakhala othandizika.chinaso ndimakhudwa okuba wabwera.kunyumba kwamuthu kuyimbira kupolisi apolisi amafika patha 1 hour a president azuzuleni apolice asamapange chitidwe oterewo.komaso muthu wa dwala ambulance kufika mochedwa a president zuzulani chitidwe oterewo.ku makape za muthu wamwarira chikhalilecho akuti tili ndi ma ambulance amafuna tizi adisha kuti apange changu.na pakhani ya nyanja boma,osusa boma,amabungwe mukhale pa modzi mukambirane bwino ndale tazisiyeni uko Kaye chifukwa Tanzania ukutijaira ngati iwo a Tanzania amazimva kuti timakatengera ma galimoto kwao monga Mami nibus bwanji tikambirane ndi Mozambique tizikatengera ku Mozambique.kapena tizikambirane ndi a be forward company azititengera ma galimoto kunja kwa dziko lina.

  10. I have the solution to the conflict Malawi and Tanganyika are entangled in. I will unvail it at an opportune time. Very simple. Nonviolent. It will rest all the noise pollution we have been exposed to. Hold your faith!!!

  11. I have the solution to the conflict Malawi and Tanganyika are entangled in. I will unvail it at an opportune time. Very simple. Nonviolent. It will rest all the noise pollution we have been exposed to. Hold your faith!!!

  12. Tanzanz stress me most on this mxiiew! How can’t they just admit that this is Lake Malawi is it has been always back? Akulu akulu yesetsani musaphweletse. Anthu aziwanda ma Tazania, me hate them u can’t imagine fellows

  13. So if u call it Lake Nyasa, no difference with us here in NyasaLand, only that we changed the name of our country from NyasaLand to Malawi hence Lake Malawi. No conflict, had you call it Lake Tanzania would be another story

  14. War has never be solution anywhere any time in history…. nobody wins when it comes to war..let us not incite our leaders..kamuzu Banda taught us contact and dialogne.God bless Malawi and give wisdom to our Leader Peter.

  15. Atsogoleri aboma ndizimenezotu muthane nazo osamangoba ndalamazamisonkho muchilimike nyanja isapite coz pamalawipano tikudalila nyanjayomweo.

  16. Nyanjayi ndiyathu kuyambila kale-kale mbwanji panthawi ya kamuzu,bakili ndi bingu atanzania samawuwawa.Apa zikuwoneka kuti malawi akumuwopa tanzania komanso tanzania akudelela kwambiri malawi chifukwa akudziwa kuti mafuta ambiri timakatengela kwawo komweko.Malawi tiyenela kuchotsa chofunda kumaso tiyeni tidzuke.Kamuzu adati kwaaaaachaaaa awa adali mawu amunthu wamkulu.Apa tingomenyana basi.

  17. Ulemu ndiye tapasa kwasala ndikukwiyisana sopano tiyeni tibandulane nawo basi ine ndikoza kuzipeleka kumenyana nawo ndatopa kwambili

  18. We shall never rest until Nyasaland has all it had have;The current Tanzania leadership must study the history about nyasaland Tanganyika then they will know that lake Malawi belongs to Malawi and is for Malawians.Tanzania have to stop to create trouble over the boundary lest they can create a simple war today

  19. The Problem is with Geography what I know is Lake Nyasa as we call in Mozambique doesn’t only belong to Malawi it also belongs to Mozambique and Tanzania but Malawi occupies the largest part of it, we call it Lago Niassa, taking into consideration that Nyasa is Lake in Yao, or Jawa which is one of the language that comes from North of Niassa Province of Mozambique and expanded to Malawi

    1. Mr Thom, you better go back to your books. This whole northern part of Iake Malawi or Lake Nyasa as you call it, belongs to Malawi, no negotiation about it.

    2. So only u Thom u think u know better the history of our lake malawi above all people of malawi? if u r not a citizen of our warm heart of africa better park ur bags and go where u belong dont tell us liars here

    3. #Thom dont be stupid here what history are you talking about? Do you know dat even the boundaries between Malawi and Mozambq iz Zambezi river? So dont make us angry to fight our land back. You animals always fight…

    4. Let tanzania and mocambicanyos talk no sence.push malawians hard and see what will happen,if you want malawian land to expand from your country.we are very powerfull and very strongest army than any of this two country.would you like our trial.you are welcome.malawi is ready for any no sence like tanzanian leader.

  20. Aboma knows only pocketing tax payers money why cant they claim what is ours ? For how long ? At last we will hear that the lake belongs to TZ completely

  21. kupusa kwake akuti kwawoko amayitchula kuti Lake Nyasa pamene nyasa ndi nyanja pamene Lake ndinyanja kutanthawuza kuti kwawoko ndi nyanja nyanja

  22. if peace fails try war!!! tanzanians think that bcoz they defeated Idi Amini Dada, likewise they can easily defeat us…. let mi warn them, in war history does not help….

  23. APM ndi Club yake amati mzimayi anagulitsa nyanja ndipo iye akadzatenga boma zidzatha zonse zokhudza nyanja nanga lero ukulilanji? Titengeleni nyanja yathu kuti Ma Taifa asaibe.izi zitheke nyengo yanu yolamula isanathe. We r waiting 4 u bwana to do wat u hve been promising us.

  24. Kodi tanzaniayu akulimba mtima chani? ufiti? matsengaaa? kapena mphamvu?????pakufunika asilikali apukute mfuti zawo…ena apukute nsupa…ampingo mapephero….tigwiritse ntchito zida zonse,chifukwa tanzaniayu sichabe alipo akumulimbitsa mtima….apa zibwate basi palibe kchitiranso mwina.

    1. The Problem is with Geography what I know is Lake Nyasa as we call in Mozambique doesn’t only belong to Malawi it also belongs to Mozambique and Tanzania but Malawi occupy the largest part of it

  25. Tengani nyanjayo ikukwaneni,ng’ona nsomba tengani,,mukatengamo mudzatengenso mbava zamtaunizi zikhale zanu,katangale,ufiti,umasiye ndiazimai athu olalatawa muzatengenso zikhale zanu,amathanyulawa,aphungu athu,matendawanso mutengenso ndi umphawi wathuwu muzatengenso zikhale zanu

    1. Ana mmwe sister Fazeerat, pelepa kawechete ka kali kanti a Tanzaniya wa agambe kwika nikujigala mpaka yangawayo, (ikaliyo ). Ni chichaleche ni kuwaga chichi ? Katangale pejo atulechele ? Kkk

  26. KUNGOTI TZ ATSOGOLELI WAKE CHAMBA 2MACH CHOFUNIKA ASILIKALI OSE AMALAWI AKAMANGE LINGA KU MALILEKO. KUNGOTI WINAWAKE WAKA WAKA MACHAKA AKUTILOWA KWAMBILI ANYAPAPI AMENEWA.

    1. The Problem is with Geography what I know is Lake Nyasa as we call in Mozambique doesn’t only belong to Malawi it also belongs to Mozambique and Tanzania but Malawi occupy the largest part of it

    1. rabish tanzania you coll lake nyasa you do not nowing that, that name it come in yao ranguege?? even our first name nyasaland comes from our lake. tall your president that he smoke ganja 2mach.

    2. OK
      SOME OF YOU U’RE CALLING ME IDIOT
      ALL OF US WE KNOW THAT NYASALAND WAS FORMER NAME OF YOUR NATION
      GOOD
      HERE WE HAVE LAKE TANGANYIKA WHICH IS THE FORMER NAME OF OUR CÓUNTRY(TANZANIA)
      BUT WE SHARE THE LAKE WITH DRC AND BURUNDI
      OK BY THE WAY SAY NO WAR,PROMOTE PEACE

    3. Even you can ask mtoto wa darasa la nne kwamba ziwa Nyasa iko inchi gani atakujibu kwamba ni Malawi, so don’t be lunatic that lake Malawi belongs to your nation

    4. WASTON
      TANGU LINI ULIONA MIPAKA KATI YA NCHI MBILI ZINAZOTENGANISHWA NA ZIWA IKAWA KWENYE KINGO?????
      MPAKA LAZIMA UWE KATIKATI YA ZIWA NDUGU YANGU NA HILO HALINA UBISHI HATA VIONGOZI WENU WANAJUA

    5. Who cares about Tanganyika or what, what?….JUST KEEP ON DRINKING YOUR SALTY WATER FROM YOUR LAKE(VICTORIA) AND LEAVE OUR WELL PURIFIED WATER FROM LAKE MALAWI. AND YOU MUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND ASK FOR YOUR CHANGE COZ THEY ROB YOU GEORGRAPHY AND HISTORY SUBJECT. OR KANJAN ADMIN??????

    6. Ok RAFICK and HILLARY
      OUR PEOPLE ARE STILL USING THE LAKE AND SOON WE ARE GOING TO PUT ON THREE SHIPS
      AND WE ARE SUPPLYING ELECRITICITY IN SMALL IN THE LAKE SO IF THE LAKE IS YOURS THEN STOP ALL THOSE
      OR WHY YOU CANT CROSS THE LAKE TO OUR SIDE EVEN TO PATROL???
      SAY NO WAR,PREACH PEACE

  27. FLAMES imakhalako nd friendly game,, kod MDF singakhaleko nd friendly battle nd Tanzania..? Ndatopa mkuva iz….

  28. If Malaw Is Under Tanzania Let It Be, But If Malaw Z Malaw On Its Own Ufit Tmatha Tionetsana Vinyimbi Lets Compet

  29. The current government promised us that it will end this distribute wen it comes to power & u are in power nothing is happening ,should we still trust uuuu ,#Niggas

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