Some Malawians have found themselves living in Zambia as their areas have been declared to belong to the neighbouring country.
According to Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Jean Kalilani, parts of Mchinji, Mzimba, Kasungu and Rumphi now belong to the neighbouring country following a border re-demarcation exercise.
Kalilani revealed this while presenting a ministerial statement in Parliament.
She said the two countries agreed that local people should continue living where they were before the demarcation exercise until a new border treaty comes into effect.
“The two governments will agree on the way forward after receiving all the reports on the exercise, including a report on the impact assessment study. I, therefore, propose that the affected people should maintain their nationality and be allowed to register upon verification by local leaders,” said Kalilani.
She then advised Malawians in the re-demarcated areas not to change their nationalities.
The physical demarcation of border lines between Malawi and Zambia started on a pilot basis in 1993 and boundary inspections have been carried out since then.