Govt. not giving up on Lake Malawi row

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The government of Malawi has yet again made it clear no part of Lake Malawi will be shared with any nation, as the wrangle over the water body rages on.

This comes as government has confirmed it will be represented at a two-day meeting from 11 July to 12 July in South Africa where it is expected that Malawi and Tanzania which claims it owns the said part will hear from mediators under the High Level Mediation Team (HLMT).

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi row continues.

The HLMT is led by Mozambique’s former President Joaquim Chissano. It also includes Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa, and Festus Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana.

According to a press statement released by government on Monday, Malawi will at the meeting maintain its stand as outlined in previous submissions it made to the HLMT, that the ‘boundary is the shoreline of Lake Malawi as established by Article 1(2) of the 1890 Anglo-German Treaty.’

This meeting comes after a planned one failed to take place in May this year.

“The Government of the Republic of Malawi, shall restate its position on the boundary of Lake Malawi and expects that the HLMT will pronounce itself on the fundamental question on where the boundary lies between the two countries, following the submissions by the two countries at the onset of the mediation process. The Malawi Government wishes to assure the general public that it will do everything possible not to give up even a single inch of its territory,” reads the statement in part.

In the last meeting held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 20th to 21st March, 2014, the two nations submitted their respective positions and agreed that the HLMT should first establish the position of the boundary between the two countries.

Earlier this year, Malawi President Peter Mutharika spoke at the opening of 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.

Mutharika is also on record as having 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.

Tanzania’s High Commissioner, Victoria Mwakasege, said 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 that they own part of the Lake.

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“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.

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.

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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  1. Whatever will happen,let it happen but the lake belongs to us,the family of malawians.There is no need to be scrared,we are ready to protect this lake.Tanzania and it’s leadership are just fucken failures and they are showing their ignorance for that stupid conduct.We are ready to go there just provide with us equipments.NO NONSENSE AT THIS ADJUNCTURE WE ARE TIRED NOW,SHIT!

  2. Tingopempha aja amaotcha misika ndi ma company mdzikomuno kut angoiotchanso nyanyayi usikuuno kut tikamadzuka mawa tizaapeze itapserera kut tione ngat Tanzania idzalimbebe ziwindi kufufuza yemwe atenthe nyanjayo

  3. These m’mwamba are just pain in the A** their president a plain gook who is a trouble maker.

  4. A dereck jassi mudalira azanu koma anu asilikali mulinawo azingodya ndalama zaboma? ntchito nimeneyo tiye nazoni ateteze achitepo kanthuka akuopa eti

  5. Let Magufuli come here and tell us about this, I hate there is one mpoto guy from Usiska who insinuated that part of lake Malawi is Tanzanian just because JB government gave licences to companies searching for oil in Malawi , he went to Tanzania and cannive with politicians to claim ownership very silly guy and this made the MP of Mbeya to table the issue in Parliament we need this guy from Usiska to tell us what he meant by telling Tanzanians about lake Malawi , he is very unpatriotic man and a traitor!

  6. aaah kod amenewa tikuchedw nawo pati basis tiwathile machaka aaaaah nanu ma soldiers anthu bas ntchito kuopyse anthu tiyen mukaswanenawo azanu apezek

  7. Tz just wants to destabilise the region, they have Indian ocean on their eastern side and also lake Tanganyika, Tz why being so greedy?

  8. Are you need war or what else? Coz this is Lake Malawi not lake tanganyika. If anything where were you in the days of Dr.KAMUZU BANDA, JULIAS NYELELE, we read for anything.

  9. this war will never end because it is part of politics between two nations.it seems that during campain they promise that we’ll take it but look at years,we are just adding but story stil says lake malawi.Oops

  10. TO GIVE-UP AN INCH OF EITHER SAND OR WATER ORIGINAL DRAWN BOUNDARIES, IT IS FAILURE TO PRESERVE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL BOUNDARIES DRAWN BEFORE INDEPENDENCE, TO BE EXACT IN 1890: I ALMOST SEE OUR NEIBHOURS (TANZANIA) VIOLATING THE INTERNATIONAL LAWS BY DRAWING A NEW MAP SHOWING A NEW BOUNDARY LINE ON LAKE MALAWI, DOING IT DELIBERTLY TO AROUSE UN-NECESSARY ARGUMENTS THAT CAUSE DISORDERS AMONG SOVEREIGN STATES. NOW IF THERE IS DISCUSSION IN RSA, THEN MALAWI SHOULD FIRST DEMAND THE EXPLAINATION OF THAT NEW BOUNDARY ON LAKE MALAWI THAT VIOLATES THE ANGLO-GERMAN TREATY OF 1890. FAILURE TO DO SO THEN THERE IS NO NEGOTIATION!! LET ME B CLEAR HERE; WHEN & WHY WAS THE UNITED-NATIONS FOUNDED? IS U.N. OLDER THAN THE ANGLO-GERMAN TREATY?? MY PLEA TO BLACK AFRICAN LEADERS IS CONSIDER THE UN-NECESSARY BLOOD-SHED ON YOUR COUNTRIES CAUSED BY THESE EUROPEANS WHO WILL COME TO U WHEN MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE R DEAD!!! (CHIBISA BANDA)

  11. Kkkkkk. So you are sure that they are using to call it lake Malawi So what they need from Lake Malawi? Oh. But its only sounds like Tanzania is on jealous of Malawi to drill oil and gas.. Then they think that Malawi will get better than Tanzania. Just because they like that Malawi to be poorest in the world that is all they likely nothing else!!!

  12. No sense since wen I have been to school from earl 80s I have never lean that lake Tanzania to day they are planing foolish

  13. whatever Tanzanians can say about lake malawi they will get nothing, our history is clear. If they have boundary problems with malawi, they must ask germans and britons who shared our borders during angro-germany agreement. how possibe can part of lake malawi become part of tanzania as if we are one country. May b some years back it was part of unknown nations before malawi and tanzania emerged as nations but that was prehistory era historians and lawyers use history to solve cases not prehistory. As a historian from chancellor college, ladies and gentlemen the lake belongs to malawians according to our history and how international criminal law prescribes cases involving border cases thanks i rest my case.

  14. Anangoyamba ya nyanja ija nthawi ya mayi uja amaona ngati akhalabe president mpaka pano cholinga atemeko mosavuta koma pano alipoyo nyapapi weniweni zoti angamugwire mmaso aiwale ndie ndi wa history yake,kaya kuli mabuku a za malamulo ndie kudya kwake ndipo sangamuthe angodzitsiya basi ayaluka naye

  15. That Is What I Want To Hear From You M24 Not Zopusa Mwakhala Mukulemba Dzana Nd Dzulo Zija. Go Forwad Malaw, Never Give Up!

  16. Kutichinya 2-0 Akuona ngat awina zonse? Akuona ngat akhonza kutenga zonse? Tikambe zoona nyanja imenei titha kubandulana mpaka amvese kut n LAKE MALAWI

  17. Umbuli ndiomwe wavuta a neighbor,zinthu zoziwikilathu kuti ,lake Malawi nyanja ya Malawi kma Iwo kumakakamila nkumati part of it belongs to them!sukulu ndiyofunika Tanzania mwava,zoona nose olo mozi wosutsa zake palibe nose mbuli basi,shaaa…..

  18. i’ts lake malawi……any 1 can tell that the lake belongs to malawian nation by just hear the name itself ……kod akufuna nkhondo kapenaaaaa????

  19. keep it up !!!!! this is what we are looking for and please tell our representative that the vision without action passes time . try your best to push it as soon as possible. mulandu ukatha ma Tanzania onse pack and go chifukwa munthu sugona ndi mdani wako nyumba imodzi.

  20. Its true the lake is ours hand off Mr Tanzania jst kumalimbana ndi mtunda opanda mazi, ma Tanzanias ndi ochenjera amangofuna kuona chabe kuti tili ndi mantha pa katundu wathu pamene iwo akuziwilatu kuti nyanja siyawo

  21. Tanzania has been saying that part of lake malawi belongs to tanzania? kkkkk it doesnt make any sense because it is already clear that the lake belongs to malawi

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