Arson in Karonga leaves 200 people homeless: Land dispute

Some victims at police station  seeking  refuge.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Some victims at police station seeking refuge.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

One of the destroyed house

One of the destroyed house

Arson destroys house property.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

Arson destroys house property.-Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times

House damaged

House damaged

Residents of Mwankenja Village Traditional Authority Kyungu in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga have been left homeless after some neighbouring villages set on fire 28 houses in the village due to land dispute.

According to Karonga Police Spokesperson Enock Livasion, the police received communication on Monday night that people from villages of Mwenitete and Mwawembe have attacked Mwankenja village as the three villages are in disagreement on land ownership used for cultivation.

Livasion said apart from the 28 houses which have been completely damaged, three people were injured with two admitted at the district hospital, one was treated as an outpatient.

“It was around 7PM on Monday when we received communication from Village Headman Mwankenja that angry people from Mwenitete and Mwawembe villages have set on fire his village due to the disagreement on land ownership to the point that 28 houses are completely destroyed and three people injured in the process,” said Livasion.

Livasion identified the injured as Edward Kalambo 85, Thomas Mwangonde 33 and Magadalena Towela all from Mwankenja village.

“Apart from the damaged properties which were in the houses, these angry people have also stolen livestock such as goats, chicken and pigs,” said Livasion.

He pointed out that the police have managed to arrest 12 people suspected to be involved in the malpractice.

“So far we have arrested 12 people who will answer charges of arson but we are expected to arrest more as the investigations are still under way,” he said.

Police are still assessing the damages.

Village Headman Mwankenja blamed Traditional Authority of the area for the incident.

“This disagreement on land in my area is an outstanding issue. It started three years ago and the issue became more serious last year to the point that we took it to the T/A so that he should judge the real owner of the land. He did not make any determination till now denying people justice.”

District Director of Administration Geoffrey Mkandawire said they are yet to establish what happened.

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47 thoughts on “Arson in Karonga leaves 200 people homeless: Land dispute”

  1. Jabesi says:

    KAYA NDI INU ANGONDE KAYA M’MATI ANKHONDE NONSE NDI AWAKWITHU BASI MULIBE TCHITO INU NDI A MWAKASUNGURA ANUWO. MUDZAFA IFA YOWAWA INU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kenkkk says:

    I am saddened.

  3. KONDWANI says:

    KODI GALU IWE ANAKUUZAZOTI KUKARONGA KUMAPEZEKA ATUMBUKA NDANI? PAMATAKOPAKO.

  4. go to xul bra says:

    Who told you people in Karonga are Tumbuka?

    Your head seriously need some edu-panel beating. Be open minded and see context in whatever you say. Otherwise, its a show of ultimate dullness.

  5. Moffat mike says:

    We need God’s grace

  6. Federalism says:

    Atumbuka tsopano. Dziphanani nokhanokha choncho. Ndiye kulibwanji mukamalamulirana anganya okhaokha? Anthu okanika inu. Atumbuka nonse amene muli kummwera kuno muzikumbukira kukamanga nyumba ku kaya. Nanga chonchi abale anu kumakhala m’zisakasa pomwe inu mungokakamira m’ma new lines mu ndirande n’kumadya ntchuwa?

  7. piyason says:

    The problem is tikuberekana kwambiri. 10 years down the line, we may be caught in a heavy crisis ie shortage of almost everything. I know this will sound useless to most of us especially the Human Rights groupings. Akapanda kukubereka bwenzi ulipo? are some of the questions. Anywhere,this is just food for thought

  8. jupiter says:

    call them terrorists…boko haram or what ever you call innocent malawi moslems. agalu osavala inu, anyani onyera kwina nayenda.

  9. UNDERWEAR says:

    Mob justice is accepted in Malawi.killing/ damaging in the name of Mob is no a crime.Those arrested soon will be out. So if you want to kill /destroy, just organise mob as your court defence.

  10. cheleo says:

    Ngwira and mkandawire can you see now, federalism have even gone into your villages of your region. You people you behave like moslem. Boko Haram at its best.

  11. Chitete Zikambani says:

    Panja ku Kasito m’mboma la Nkhotakota ena anamwalilapo ndi nkhani ngati zimenezi choyambilira inu ma T/A mwanyanya zipumpu mukubvulaza anthu wosalakwa tayesani kuchita bwino mumaiwala kuti bwana wanu ndi DC.

  12. Kungoti anthu aku Karonga ndi mbuzi za wanthu zimakonda ziwawa. Ali ndimoyo wa u Boko Haram.Satha kupanga solve problem amicably achuluka ndi masavage mbuli za wanthu. Izi sizingachitike mmaboma mmene muli anthu aumunthu.

    1. myaoweniweni says:

      eeeeeee

  13. Ndangodutsamo says:

    Are these christians or moslems????Ndangodutsamotu ine!!!!If it were in Mangochi, Machinga or Zomba religion could have been insulted here.Mwawamva amzanuwo akutukwana apa??? Mzapachiweniweni izi.

    1. Kwao konko says:

      Mwaikanso chipembezo pomwepa?Ndiye mukuti mwangodutsamo?Mukufuna munamize ndanni?Chitani manyazi ndi chipembezo Chanu

  14. Poor Malawi says:

    When the peacemakers (traditional leaders) are failing to make peace, trouble makers will cause problems.

    Village Headmen had the will to solve the land dispute amicably but their top boss has failed them. If T/A was for peacemaking in his area, this could have been avoided. My people are going astray because of their leaders!!!!!! God have mercy on those affected.

  15. Andrew Nswala says:

    Amalawi Kumpoto Mukuyenera Kugwada Pansi Kwa Mulungu Kuti Alowelerepo. Nchifukwa Ninji Anthu Inu Mumakonda Kuyambana? Zaka Zapitazo Si Aja Munkayambananso Kamba Ka Mpingo Chonsecho Dzina La Mpingo Wanu Ndi Limodzi. In Short Mpingo Wanu Ndi Umodzi. Zoona Mpaka Kuotcherana Nyumba Choncho. Sindikuona Umodzi Pakati Panu. I Think Mukufunika Kumasulidwa Nonse. Palibe Wabwino

  16. Issa Kabudula says:

    People are talking of federalism and Northern region to stand alone – mwona tsopano, own their own akuotchelana nyumba what more if there is a stand alone country?

  17. Zimenezi zikhale nyumba zoona Umphawitu uwu Malawi Government must surely do something about this All the people who are suspected to have looted government money must refund ,sell their properties recover the Billions and build better and befitting structures for our poor villagers Koma ayi what we see is a continued trend of shielding thieves corrupt officers are still offered high positions in government and what do you expect from that Tsiku lina zinthu zidzavuta kuposa pa 20 JULY Ndithudi its only a matter of time koma mudziwe kuti anthufe tatopa ndipo ndife okwiya khale khaleni tiweluza tokha milandu ya cashgate Musadzati sitinanene Tipha Mbala zones zaboma REGARDLESS of their status in society whether you are an ex president, minister ,MP or top Civil servant Tikuphani ngati m’mene timaphera mbala zones mdziko muno Muyidziwa mob justice just wait

  18. chinanchina says:

    3yrs no resoluton to land wrangl why?corruption basi.our paramount what are you doing?if u rely on likambala mboma akugwesa,he is a corrupt and a confusionist.look at acase of the same nature in areas of mpata,ngerenge,chakwera,ndembwera&chiwondo.pple lost zea katundu chifukwa chosagamula chilungamo cha inu ma T/A.

  19. osuma says:

    mwayamba kuukilana pachiweniweni nanga mukayamba kudzilamulira nokha kukhala anthu kumpotoko! Iwe Christopher waziona zomwe mako akukulimbikitsa JB kuti muyime panokha ndi mafederalism of government anuwo. Iwe ndi makowo ndinu ma oportunist mungofuna kukhutitse mimba zanu basi, zokolola za JB zimenezo PP! PP! yanyamuka odi uko! mukupweteketsa anthu osachimwa! nanga kumeneko ku alomwe nanga? Christopher ngongole, cashgate, ndizimene zavuta bwereraninso kwa Yehova wanu.

  20. Mzungumaso says:

    This is not a surprise. Chieftainship in the north Malawi follows Patrineal culture and Southern Malawi excluding Chikwawa and Nsanje they follow matrineal culture. Therefore Malawians are being misguided by the offices handling the matter. When installing chiefs in the north follow rules originated in the past same as land distribution goes the same. To avoid such situation please consider clan leaders and village headmen to tell you how they possessed to have that land than your offices are doing. Thanks for the Malawi Police for bring peace to such situations.

  21. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    U SAY THE T/A HAD BEEN INFOMD OF DISPUTE AND DID NOT PASS RESOLUTION.IF DIS IS TRU LET HIM BE PUNISHED AND REMOVED.HE IS NEGRIGENT.LET HIM PAY ONE BULL TO THE CHIEF, A COW TO EACH HOUSE BURNT, A GOAT TO EACH INJURED INDIVIDUAL.FINALY CHILIMA AND HIS BOSS MUST PROVIDE SUBSIDIZD IRON SHEETS AND CEMENT TO DE HOUSEHOLDS

  22. mark says:

    MUDZADULANA MITU NDITHU

  23. mark says:

    Once FEDERALISM IN PLACE IT WILL BE EVEN WORSE.

  24. Lwitiko says:

    The big challenge in this wrangle is the failure of the TA to determine on the issue.
    Using the traditional elite Mpeta will destroy Karonga since is has been proved to be more corrupt and dangerous.
    Mpeta is a toxic leader who knows nothing but destruction. He has infact destroyed so many homes by his corrupt tongue and actions. Government need to take such leaders to task. If Kyungu is quiet then government should never be quite because Mpata is a crook

  25. jonas says:

    mwayamba kugawana

  26. lead by example says:

    Kodi anthuwo alibe chipembedzo? akanakhala asilamu akankhala “boko haram”

  27. YOU SEE NOW KARONGA WHAT IS HAPPENING, YOU ALWAYS JUST YES YES TO GOVT.

    KARONGA IS FOLLOING WHAT HAPPENED IN KENYA.

  28. LAISSEZ FAIR style of leadership will always result to that. Those on authority should refrain from the use of AVOID IT APPROACH.

  29. wa Mpata says:

    mwankenja Mwangonde, you know pretty well that you are the course of all these controvercials. Why cant you bow down and accept defeat? You know the land under dispute is not yours, right? Po ichi kutamikisha abanthu shachi. Ubutimi bwako bope bwa itolo.

  30. nyau says:

    Ndiye likakhala dziko palokha zidzatha bwanji,anthu awa amakondana akakhala kuti wina ali kutali,ndichifukwa chake ena samapita kwao kumpoto kuopa nkhani ngati izi,kulephera kukhala pansi ndikukambira?zochititsa manyazi,ndiye oil akati wayamba mu nyanjamu ndiye adulanana mitu chifukwa ayamba kumaloza malo mu nyanja kuti malo awo ndi anga winanso awonso andi anga,shame on u northerners zitsiru

  31. unfortunate says:

    Here comes a good example, that religion or tribe are not the cause of violence, unfortunately we are blinded by our own ignorance.

  32. Uhudi says:

    Awa ndiye muwatchula kuti ndani? Poti a kwa Chadzunda aja ndiye anali a Boko Haram. Apolice tanenani dzina la gulu limeneri. Amenewanso ndi Asilamufe kapenatu? Lero ndiye kongoti zii osanena zambiri a malawi mukamalankhula muzilinda mmawa.

  33. Unenesko pera says:

    Vuto ndilimenelo, nkhani ikafika kwa DC or TA, they just see it. Mukungodya ma allowance a Boma. Pano this war what are you saying?. Kwatsala pa Rumphi. Will beat each other.

  34. Quota system says:

    Of course this may also be linked to chieftaincy frustration wrangles of kilupula. As long as you mention Mwantende village, where the loser of the chieftaincy court battle recently hails from. Otherwise karonga people love one another. It’s during a few situations when they can speak through violence

  35. alex james says:

    we are living in the last days. these are just positive signs for the bible already prephesied it all. owerenga khala maso! Koma tsoka kwa iye okwanilisa malembo!!:

  36. Tengupenya says:

    Pepani Wanangwa, izyo yaye vwa kubusana na moto!

  37. mgwantha says:

    Dont deceive people these pple are not Tumbukas. They are Ngondes and the country is already divided. Its not because of federalism but because of unitary system which favours only Lomwes. Who can be happy that only mulhakho should be enjoying resources meant for the whole country. Federalism is the best way to deal with all these malpractices. This problem happens everywhere there is nothing new here asova. Why should the government sideline some ethnic tribes which are poor to celebrate their culture like Tongas, nyaqusas senas,yaos and what have you. Kamuzu was the master as he said all the districts should celebrate regardless of where he is coming from. But now Mulhakho is number one why not all tribes should enjoy. Malawi woke up try federalism and see the difference. Atumbuka should be on their own.

  38. munyapa says:

    zizateronso tikapanga seccede chifukwa ena tatchonafe tidzafunanso malo chonsecho tinachoka kalekale,ndiye tisamale tikapanga maganizo athu ena

  39. George Lihoma says:

    Anyanya anthu kumeneku kusuta chamba.Believe you me,even elderly fathers do it.

  40. zingayambe kuyiwalika says:

    Eiiish ! Atumbukanu , so u re serious about federalism ,eh ?mpaka kutibulana nokhanokha

  41. Thats the cleverness of our adversary,meanwhile we are busy dividing the country with stupid federation,ethnicity and traditionality is slowly creeping in.When we bite and devour each other take heed lest we destroy each other

  42. Mfumu Ya Alhomwe says:

    Whenever there is a disagreement, people should be engaged in a contact and dialogue and resolve their differences amicably. It’s unjust however, to take take the law into civilians hands. Therefore, the police should ensure that thorough investigations are conducted into the matter and that perpetrators are brought to book and face the maximum sentence to detar the would-be-offenders.

  43. CHAPONDA says:

    Zimachitika izi, paja zinayamba ku Thyolo, pano ku Karonga. Tangokambiranani musaphane, aliyense amalisiya dziko limeneli. Dziko ndi la Yehova ndi zonse zili mmenemo. Atero Yehova wa makamo.

  44. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Those are the issues Mtemi WabTemi should handle with sober minds , not tne Nationsl Federalism issues. Three years till today , what is he doing ?

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