Umodzi Party president John Chisi has made a frantic plea to President Peter Mutharika not to assent to the controversial Customary Land bill.
Chisi said forcing Malawians to pay for their ancestral inherited customary land was the worst the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government could do to Malawians.
“This is not politics, am not politicking but any fee in connection with customary land is not welcome. I urge the president not to assent to this bill into law,” he said.
Lands minister Atupele Muluzi told parliament that the fee is not tax but processing for only those who want to register.
However the opposition slammed the government for introducing the fee and walked out of parliament on Tuesday in protest.
Chisi said there is no way Malawians could pay for the land which they inherited from their forefathers, predicting this would backfire on the government.
“Should indeed Malawians pay for their own land, pay for the graves of their relatives and ancestors? That can’t be true,” he said.
Parliament is expected to rise Friday after passing four land related bills and other bills.