Malawi Foreign Affairs minister George Chaponda has said the previous administration should have brought the Malawi, Tanzania Lake Malawi row to International Court of Justice (ICJ) instead of bringing it to a mediation process.
Chaponda said this Sunday during Tiuzeni Zoona programme on Zodiak radio.
“This is the best route the government should have taken. As an international lawyer, I know this is a winning case. His Excellency [President Peter Mutharika] is also an international lawyer, he knows very well that Malawi cannot lose this case,” he said.
He said for the sake of continuity, the Peter Mutharika administration decided to continue with the dialogue path initiated by Banda but doubted if it will yield to anything.
“This dialogue has been dragging for two years now. Last time I met former president of Mozambique, His Excellency Chissano, he said they were waiting for conclusion of the elections in Malawi and Tanzania. Now that the elections are over, he said we will be invited for a meeting in Tanzania next moth,” he said.
He said a customary international law says when two countries share a lake, then both should own it in half each but the Lake Malawi situation is unique because there is a treaty with Tanzania that clearly allows Malawi to own the lake.
He said the treaty was signed by Kamuzu Banda for Malawi and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania under the sponsorship of the then Organisation of African Unity.
Malawi disputes Tanzania’s claim to half the lake – Africa’s third biggest.