Mutharika and Magufuli to meet over Lake row

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Malawi’s lake wrangle with neighbouring country Tanzania will not end soon as the High Level Mediation Team on the issue has proposed that heads of the two countries are to give guidance on the resolutions made in Pretoria, South Africa.

The development follows mediation talks that Malawi had with Tanzania on the lake issue as the two differ on ownership; Tanzania claims that part of Lake Malawi belongs to it while Malawi says it owns the whole lake.

Mutharika, Magufuli

Mutharika and Magufuli will meet over the row.

The mediation team led by former Mozambican head of state Joaquim Chissano has suggested to have the two presidents being briefed before a verdict is made.

Spokesperson for Malawi’s ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation Rejoice Shumba said the resolutions are to be tabled before presidents Peter Mutharika and John Magufuli.

“Having heard from both delegates, High Level Mediation Team has proposed to brief and consult the two excellences for the two countries that is Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Dr John Pombe Magufuli on further guidance on the resolutions since the two countries are eager to hear to the end,” said Shumba in a statement.

The consultations are expected to be done within a period of three months before a verdict is known on the matter.

Malawi has been claiming that Tanzania has no right to claim ownership as the 1890 Anglo-German treaty gave full ownership to Nyasaland before the name was changed to Malawi.

The Malawi delegates to the talks led by minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation Francis Kasaila urged Tanzania to restrain from provocative actions like production of new maps that show that the Eastern African country owns part of the lake.

President Mutharika is on record to have assured that Malawi will not give up any part of the lake to Tanzania arguing Malawians own the whole lake.

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  1. I m just wondering why this consultations are be done in South Africa? Y in Malawi mulandu wa mphaka tikudumbira pa munda pene papo so now why make that

  2. Tanzania kodi mwapanga zida za nuclear mukufuna kuyesera ku Malawi tikumana mu Daersaalam momwemo .Julias Nyerere and Kamuzu Banda were great friends and they build these two nations together.Alli Hassan Mwinyi was also agreat freind to Kamuzu mpaka he came in Malawi &a road was named after him so Magufori do u mean u r wise enough to say they were fools because the dont ask part of our lake Malawi. Bwinobwinotu tingakumane mu Daersaalam.

  3. Tanzania ikutiyamba yanyanja sitimva apo bii ICC ilowepo kuli Kamuzu nkhaniyi idangoveka koma sidachedwe kutha bcoz amadziwa kuti sangalande nyanja koma awona kuti pali ana pampando so Chief Kyungu in Kalonga knows it how deail with probem apo bii zinthu zivuta.

  4. Malawi is losing a lot of tax pater’s money recruiting idle soldiers who eventually start beating own people. This means they live a Queen’s life. Therefore time has ripen for them to appreciate our limodzi-limodzi. Friendlies nearing.

  5. Malawians Must read this:
    It is the responsibility of every Malawian regardless of
    our Faith, Political Stand or WHAT, To PRAY:
    firstly for our Head of State as he is to carry our
    TRUTH to the whole world, Concerning Our Mother
    Malawi original MAP
    # the_warm_heart_of_africa , will remain warm.
    Our Malawi our Nation,
    Secondly, LET’s be UNITED
    Lake MALAWI will be ours forever and ever in JESUS
    NAME.
    Go His Excellence Don’t be afraid be VERY STRONG
    AND COURAGEOUS!!
    •our MALAWI OUR LAKE

  6. I proudly inform you my fellow Malawians that in today’s MBC News in Chichewa our dear patriotic leader Prof. A. P. Mutherika has asked us all to fully support him in protecting Malawi’s bounderies and minerals in which he emphasily insighted that “LAKE MALAWI HAS BEEN FOR MALAWI ALONE ALL ALONG, AND IT WILL FOREVER BE NO MATTER WHAT.” I thank God for blessing us with such wise and brave leader… Mr President if you happen to read this on behalf patriotic Malawians ‘we are in full support under any circumstance, if you need voluntery soldiers feel free to announce and we will flock in masses to wipe out Tanzania…

  7. Malawians don’t worry about it, Muthalika is following Rules of United Nations if the Tazania don’t know this time will come and they will regret and seek for ps treaty just wait and see

  8. If I were u munthalika, I wouldn’t even dare to look at ths snake in the glass who smiles at me yet he is trying to stub me at the back. Ths is a bad neighbour tht would love to see his neighbour languishing in poverty

  9. Shame On You Magufuli And Your Country Men For Stealing What Belongs To Malawi , You’re Playing With Fire ,you ‘re Mistaking A Sleeping Lion For A Monky .

  10. Apm when you was asked about what you like do when you are free at home i recall you replied by saying you like to watch war film so my apm this is time to show Tanzanians about what you like.

  11. I see some of you pointed out why the name of it so called lake Malawi in both sides of the countries .taken it as evidence of belongingness to Malawi. This is so weak point my friends in Malawi. We Tanzanians have been there since this world were created and use the lakes waters. Where do you want us to go? You want us to pay taxes for the use of lake Nyasa waters? Shameless

    • Amin the British and Germans signed a Heligoland treaty perterning the lake boundary issue in 1890, and in 1964 the treaty was re-signed at OAU affirming Africa’s boundaries bounding African nations to forever respect the boarders set by the colonial rulers, would you call both the treaties mistakes? The 1964 treaty has Mwarimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s signature on it, so what impression are you giving us about him? You asked for a proof now you have it

  12. so what were the meaning of discustions ldont see any proper resurt of this so called highly mediation team anyone should scchool me on this

  13. asilikali mumangodya bonya mmakomomu nthawi ndiiyi onesani luso lanu tazania inayamba kalekale kutivtisa pankhani ya nynja nde apa baai tikwapilanepo basi tione wamkulilu ndan

  14. I think world War is on the door…
    Tanzania’s what has come in mind
    Don’t u knw that Nyasaland was so named
    Because of its lake…Nyasa….means lake
    Land….means land of Malawi…kkk…so u think
    God has created another lake…& u need it
    Before it gone…Amazing….????

  15. My fellow Malawians, even in the bible the Israelists stood steef and fought for their land, lets emulate from Israel and defend whats ours… Be courageously patriotic not cowardous… ‘OUR LAKE, OUR MINERALS!’ period…

  16. If your neighbor is extending a fence because he is rich he is not a good neighbor.
    But the one who is extending his house and rebuild his fence is a good neighbor.how can you extend a fence yet you are sorrounded by beibours?
    Think again Mr Tanzania.let Malawi continue with its peace.

    The warm heart of Africa.

    • If its ur lake why was it tht its name before us? Are u crazy my guy???? This is the time tht we will show u tgt we not stupit

    • I proudly inform you my fellow Malawians, just in case you missed Nkhani pa MBC TV, that in today’s MBC TV News in Chichewa our dear patriotic leader Prof. A. P. Mutherika has asked us all to fully support him in protecting Malawi’s bounderies and minerals in which he emphasily insighted that “LAKE MALAWI HAS BEEN FOR MALAWI ALONE ALL ALONG, AND IT WILL FOREVER BE NO MATTER WHAT.” I thank God for blessing us with such wise and brave leader… Mr President if you happen to read this on behalf patriotic Malawians ‘we are in full support under any circumstance, if you need voluntery soldiers feel free to announce and we will flock in masses to wipe out Tanzania…

  17. I, see THE ALMIGHTY GOD, being with both sides now, MALAWI & TANZANIA, guiding them to PEACEFUL-DISCUSSIONS RATHER THAN CONFRONTATIONAL & HATRED AMONG THE TWO SOVEREIGN NEIBHOURING-STATES: Even though the resolutions are not yet published, waiting for the LEADERS OF THE TWO STATES TO PONDER ON THEM; still more, am hopefull that GOD WHO CALLED THEM TO LOOK AFTER HIS PEOPLE WILL GIVE THEM WISDOM TO COME TO ONE UNDERSTANDING FOR THE HARMONY OF TWO STATES. I, DO SINCERELY & HONESTLY ASK MY FELLOW WORKERS IN GOD TO CONTINUE PRAYING FOR BOTH PRESIDENTS DR.JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI & PROF.PETER MUTHARIKA TO RECEIVE GOD’S GUIDANCE ON THIS ROW!! For we have all seen what peril is in SUDAN,SOMALIA,LYBIA,NIGERIA, DRC & MOST PARTS OF CENTRAL AFRICA: INDEED IF NO ONE IS HAPPY TO WHAT WE SEE THERE, THEN WE SHOULD BE PRAYING DAY & NIGHT!! THE REV. CHARU CHIBISA BANDA.

    • No need to be patient apa sir. Mutu umodzi susenza denga.. I proudly inform you my fellow Malawians, just in case you missed Nkhani pa MBC TV, that in today’s MBC TV News in Chichewa our dear patriotic leader Prof. A. P. Mutherika has asked us all to fully support him in protecting Malawi’s bounderies and minerals in which he emphasily insighted that “LAKE MALAWI HAS BEEN FOR MALAWI ALONE ALL ALONG, AND IT WILL FOREVER BE NO MATTER WHAT.” I thank God for blessing us with such wise and brave leader… Mr President if you happen to read this on behalf patriotic Malawians ‘we are in full support under any circumstance, if you need voluntery soldiers feel free to announce and we will flock in masses to wipe out Tanzania…

  18. These borders were created by colonisers who did not know what they were doing. But regardless, we should respect them and until we have an African state. Lets not greed overcome us.

  19. So this so called president of Tanzania has something in the head,all he can talk is about lake lake but where was he when the British was demarcating the boundaries

  20. Tanzania ndianthu akuba kukonda kuonelela Dziko lathu chifukwa ndilam’manja zachamba basi John Pombe Magufuli ukunamatu ndianthu ako ndi lake Nyasa imeneyo ufune usafune

  21. U pipo.Do u mean Indian Ocean only belongs to Indians ha ha ha ha.Malawi owning the lake won’t bring changes.Muluzi,Joyce & Bingu were all these fools not to struggle for the lake?May be we have to fight and shade blood to bring changes.The Devil is at work.

    • People of Malawi.I don’t see why we’re in trouble between us. Tanzanians have been use the Waters since the world was created.the same to Malawians. By the way international boundaries concerning water bodies states very clear. Pls no need to misunderstood between us. Am from Arusha Tanzania.

    • African leaders signed a treaty that colonial bounderies must forever be respected at all cost, and if you review the treaty you will find Mwarimu Julious Kambarage Nyerere’s signature on it, and that cannot be broken unless the whole map of Africa be redrufted for equal share of land…

    • We are talking of the ownershipo of our beautiful lake not about you Tanzanians using it. You are using it because it boarders the two countries but the truth is Lake Malawi or you call it Lake Nyasa is ours. It was named Lake Nyasa by Dr. D Livingstone after hearing that it’s name is Nyasa ( Nyasa means Lake in our Yao language). A girl called Namilasi in 1859 is the one who told Livingstone this name. Namilasi was not a Tanzanian or Taifa but was a Malawian, so why are you claiming a part of as yours? I thing your government is full of idiots and fools. We are prepared to die for our lake. Stupid fools.

  22. NO discution at all if they want the lake tell them to met there AKufuna kulanda chovala chili mnthupi?KULANDA GALU FUPA LILINKAMWA Sikophweka Olo ali oonda

    • Malawians Must read this: It is the responsibility of every Malawian regardless of our Faith, Political Stand or WHAT, To PRAY: firstly for our Head of State as he is to carry our TRUTH to the whole world, Concerning Our Mother Malawi original MAP # the_warm_heart_of_africa , will remain warm. Our Malawi our Nation, Secondly, LET’s be UNITED Lake MALAWI will be ours forever and ever in JESUS NAME. Go His Excellence Don’t be afraid be VERY STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!! •our MALAWI OUR LAKE

    • Mtunga you keep proving to be unacustomed over African History so I suggest you concentrate on your research first bofore you argue with me coz you are being laughed at of your ignorance, be aware that people are reading your senseless stipulations aiming at manipulating people’s minds… Its not working out for you so stop embarrassing yourself and family…

  23. They are doing it like that because we use they port route from Dar eeslam to Malawi,so they know if we vex they will close for us,that’s why Big man late Bingu wa muthalika wanted to introduce our own port at Sanje to avoid looking us down.

    • Ma brother we will use South Africa’s ports, however it will increase the cost but its worth it, and then retaliate by clossing up our boarders to all those that go to TZ through Malawi, and open up to those going to South Africa, thereby killing their international trade… Review the SADC map and you will sense the impact… No going back on this one, ‘OUR LAKE, OUR MINERALS!’, that should be our theme on this issue…

    • Kinunda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana find it cheaper to pass through Malawi, if we close our boarders to Tz these countries will be forced to revert South Africa thereby sabotaging Tanzanian port revenue generation… And believe me South Africa would smile at the move…

  24. so of all the advisers no one is courageus enough to tell apm to give up as that part of the lake belongs to tz. Wasting time for nothing. And hard-earned money

    • That’s nonsense. What about those Tanzanians who are along the lake side shouldn’t use the water?Let them be fishing too.God created it,not APM.Fighting won’t bring peace.

    • George, Tz has her ships on the lake. Tz uses that part of lake where malawi doesn’t use. Tz is claiming that part.

    • BROTHER BELE: IF THAT PART IS FOR TZ WHY CLAIMING IT NOW, 50YRS OVER OF TZ’S RULE?? INDEED MY DEAR BROTHER, When we say BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER: We mean relationship that exist between the two nations: let the people of that catch fish in the lake, let ships transport them to & fro for they r brothers & sisters only to b divided by ARTIFICIAL-BOUNDARIES WHICH U TO DAY WANT TO SEE THEIR BLOOD-SHED & UN-CESSARY DEATHS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE!! GOD FORBID INDEED!!!!

    • Are you nuts? if you don’t want war then tell Tz to let go both the lake and the minerals otherwise we’ll face it, and don’t we won’t penetrate through TZ we will… LET GO THE LAKE TANZANIA!

    • The treaty was made by the imperialists who did not even bother seek the views of the natives. I stronglybelieve that the ushering in of independence era diluted all the imperial decisions made by the non Africans. The international law clearly state that if 2 countries are separated by the body of water, they should sharethe waters. It is this law that saw Mozambique take the portion of L. Malawi. Tanzania shares the waters ofSongwe River with Malawi by the contemplation of the same law. I see Tanzania laughing the loudest at the very end.

    • Unfortunately when Kumuzu Banda and Nyerere were presidents the African Union agreed to respect what you are calling “imperial” at all cost. And this is what our dear leader, Mutharika, is using. On your argument I agree with you that ‘all African bounderies must be redrufted, and the land must be shared ‘equally’ to solve the ‘imperialism’… ‘OUR LAKE, OUR MINERALS!’…

    • is the lake called lake malawi or lake Tanzania? what makes the lake to be called that name? for how many years does that lake called that name? answer these question then you will find the answer

    • Ha ha ha so u mean Mr Banda who is in America must return home due to his surname while having resident permit?@Rohnex.The name is nothing.

    • Chibisa Banda, if you have a car you can’t let people use it anyhow. Malawi allowed tz to use the lake, that was her mistake. Malawi should have told tz not to use the lake long time ago

    • MIKE BELE: U SAY MALAWI WAS MISTAKEN TO LET THEIR BROTHERS & SISTERS ON THE OTHER SIDE TO USE THE LAKE: THEN IT’S INDEED LAUGHABLE TO UR JUDGEMENT; MIKE U GIVE UR RELATIVE A PLACE TO SLEEP, THEN HE/SHE CLAIMS THAT ROOM TO B HIS/HER!! I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT U CALL SUCH PEOPLE IN UR VILLAGE: I PERSONALY, NEED TO B VERY CAUTIOUS ON THIS AS TO WHAT W CALL SUCH PEOPLE IN OUR VILLAGE!! ONCE AGAIN, THE PEOPLE ON EITHER SIDES OF MALAWI/TANZANIA ARE RELATED BOTH IN DNA, CULTURE & TRADITIONS: THEREFORE ANY PROBLEM SHOULD B SOLVED AMICABLY & IN HARMONY BY NOT FOLLOWING THE BLOOD-THIRSTY WARRIORS!! THANK U MIKE BELE.

    • TO U BROTHER ZIKOMO MTUNGA: U R TALKING OF MOZAMBIQUE/MALAWI BOUNDARY ON THE LAKE: SORRY THAT U SEEM TO KNOW BUT NOT!! NEIBHOURING COUNTRIES HAVE THEIR OWN TREATIES AS WELL: SO TAKE IT FROM ME THAT “IGNORANCE IS NO DEFENCE!!!

    • Chibisa has asked a very good question… “U GIVE UR RELATIVE A PLACE TO SLEEP, THEN HE/SHE CLAIMS THAT ROOM TO B HIS/HER!! I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT U CALL SUCH PEOPLE IN UR VILLAGE: I PERSONALY, NEED TO B VERY CAUTIOUS ON THIS AS TO WHAT W CALL SUCH PEOPLE IN OUR VILLAGE!!”… We call them ” PROPERTY GRABBERS”, thats what Tazania is, a property grabber! But this time around TZ has landed on a wrong destination where it may explode to ashes…

    • Malawians Must read this: It is the responsibility of every Malawian regardless of our Faith, Political Stand or WHAT, To PRAY: firstly for our Head of State as he is to carry our TRUTH to the whole world, Concerning Our Mother Malawi original MAP # the_warm_heart_of_africa , will remain warm. Our Malawi our Nation, Secondly, LET’s be UNITED Lake MALAWI will be ours forever and ever in JESUS NAME. Go His Excellence Don’t be afraid be VERY STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!! •our MALAWI OUR LAKE

  25. Both the lake and the minerals fully belong to Malawians Mr President, and no discussions about that… To my fellow Malawians, its time we start speaking tough without doubt about what rightfully belongs to us at all cost… Tanzania ‘ikuyesa zida’ its not like they don’t know of their wrong stand on the matter…

    • The treaty was made by the imperialists who did not even bother seek the views of the natives. I stronglybelieve that the ushering in of independence era diluted all the imperial decisions made by the non Africans. The international law clearly state that if 2 countries are separated by the body of water, they should sharethe waters. It is this law that saw Mozambique take the portion of L. Malawi. Tanzania shares the waters ofSongwe River with Malawi by the contemplation of the same law. I see Tanzania laughing the loudest at the very end.

    • Unfortunately when Kumuzu Banda and Nyerere were presidents the African Union agreed to respect what you are calling “imperial” at all cost. On your argument I agree with you that ‘all African bounderies must be redrufted, and the land must be shared ‘equally’ to avoid ‘imperi

    • A thing we are never going to do, ‘OUR LAKE, OUR MINERALS!’ no turning back on this one… If its war they are looking for, let them bring it on… One comes to your house and forcefully claims for a bedroom, would let them have it just because they look giants? Do you think if TZ gets part of that lake Mozambique will not be second in claiming the whole part of their side in extension to what they already have? Wake up! I will die for my belonging, and I urgue my fellow Malawians to be as patriotic as I am together with our dear leader Mutharika…

  26. we are not going to take any nosanse from Tanzania , we the oldinary Malawians we have big row to play in supporting our president ,

  27. Kumanena chomwe chatsitsa dzaye kuti njobvu itchoke nyanga. Tanzania wants a share of oil in Lake Malawi. Kulanga Ntchentche ndi kunyera mmadzi. Just leave oil exploration in Lake Malawi and all this shit will come to an end. by the way Malawi is pumping drinking water from Lake Malawi which is used in Blantyre (From Walkers Ferry, shire) and will be pumping water to be used in Lilongwe. So Oil drilling and drinking water do not work together. Lets avoid creating problems. Just leave oil drilling by the way oil use is coming to an end and countries are going for green energy and now we are waking up from our sleep too late. Where were we all these years?

    • I as a malawian citizen and as the owner of the house for example,i cant stop doing anything that will benefit for my children in my own yard just because of my neighbour.no! Its my own teritory and i cant let someone come and tell me no sence that he or she have a bunch of banana in my yard.what is in my yard belongs to me.theys no any part of lake that belong to tanzania.if mr president failed.we as a malawi defence force will take it over.what belongs to malawi shall be for malawi for ever.period

  28. NDIPO DZINALATHU LADZIKO LINACHOKELA KU NYANJA YATHUI NYASALAND MUNTHAWI YAZUNGU. NDIYE LELO IKHALESO LAKE TANGANYIKA KUBA POYELA YELA NDITHU.

  29. what were they discussing in southafrica #pretoria ?….what are there side former heads of states #mozambique #botwana and southafrica ? yeeh lets them meet poor African leaders takes too long time to solve one problem but they know the truth ….never share lake Malawi full stop

  30. Why can’t they just let poor Malawi be Malawi until to the end without picking a fight with anyone…They have ocean, lakes plus mount Kilimanjaro but hy still wants our lake.Tanzania beta review the world map shame!!

    • BROTHER ISAAC ZULU MBOKANI GAMA: NO ONE IS POOR ON HIS/HER PROPERTY. IF GOD GAVE THE LAKE TO MALAWI BY THE ANGLO/GERMAN TREATY OF 1890, why do u call her POOR? IS IT MALAWI, (the poor as u say) THAT HAS GONE TO TZ TO BEG PARTS OF TZ’S WATERS?? IF NOT, THEN WHO IS POOR?? INDEED PRAY ZULU TO JUDGE THROUGH GOD’S KNOWLEDGE!!!

    • The treaty was made by the imperialists who did not even bother seek the views of the natives. I strongly believe that the ushering in of independence era diluted all the imperial decisions made by the non Africans. The international law clearly state that if 2 countries are separated by the body of water, they should share the waters. It is this law that saw Mozambique take the portion of L. Malawi. Tanzania shares the waters of Songwe River with Malawi by the contemplation of the same law. I see Tanzania laughing the loudest at the very end.

    • Unfortunately when Kumuzu Banda and Nyerere were presidents the African Union agreed to respect what you are calling “imperial” at all cost. And this is what our dear leader, Mutharika, is using. On your argument I agree with you that ‘all African bounderies must be redrufted, and the land must be shared ‘equally’ to solve the ‘imperialism’… ‘OUR LAKE, OUR MINERALS!’…

    • I THINK U NEED TO B REMINDED THAT IN THAT TREATY, THERE IS NO STATEMENT THAT LIMITS THE TREATY THAT WHEN U GET INDEPENDENCE THEN ALL BOUNDARIES WILL B RE-NEWD!! IT WAS NOT A FAKE TREATY AS UR THOUGHTS!!!

    • Anangisye Mwamondwe, you really need to be lectured that there was no African Union during the reign of the fallen leaders you have mentioned. Do not argue just for the sake of it. You and others here need to realise that bilateral treaties are subject to international law. Every treaty which is found to be inconsistent with the International law is regarded as irrelevant to the extent of that’d inconsistency.

  31. The Tanzanians think that Malawians are stupid. This row is about Tanzania’s belief that Malawi should always be a poor country.