Kamlepo claims DPP corrupted by tea estate owners: Kabwila says Malawi land sold to foreigners

Outspoken legislator Kamlepo Kalua (PP—Rumphi East) has claimed that the Democratic Progressuve Party (DPP) government has been corrupted by tea estate owners to bulldoze the Land Bill in parliament to be passed and reject amendments that would benefit  natives.

Kamlepo Kalua: DPP has received something from tea estate owners

Kamlepo Kalua: DPP has received something from tea estate owners

The Land Bill was passed in the House on Tuesday after opposition law makers had walked out in protest.

“From what I am hearing, Madam First Deputy Speaker, from the Leader of Government side (George Chaponda) is that we cannot negotiate on the land bill and that it has been passed without the proposed amendments and that they are happy that we have just wasted our time here,” said Kalua when the opposition MPs returned to the House.

“ Even them negotiating with the Leader of Opposition (Lazarous Chakwera), that they are admitting that they have received something from the tea estates owners to that effect,” added Kalua.

There has beestruggle for the repossession of idle land in tea estates of Thyolo and Mulanje.

People Land Organisation (PLO), has been agitating for the local people’s occupation of all idle tea estates land in the districts since its establishment in 2009 and has been demanding that estates owners pay £65 (about K53 000) per acre per year for all used colonial estate land from 1914 to date.

The organisation has also been demanding from the estates owners a wage rate of £6.13 per hour (about K5 000) per individual for those who were involved in Thangata (bonded labour) between 1914 and 1963.

Commenting on the passing of the Land Bill, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson and MP, Jessie Kabwila said: “The DPP-led government settled the land bill after opposition said let us protect land for Malawians. They have chosen to sell the land to foreigners and they should sit here and accept that, that is what they have done.”

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4 thoughts on “Kamlepo claims DPP corrupted by tea estate owners: Kabwila says Malawi land sold to foreigners”

  1. miscer says:

    What do this land bill say I dont know anything it worth not reading

  2. Aubrey Sumbuleta and Gloria Banda says:

    Mr. Reporter sir, you could have at least gone a mile by telling us what’s this controversial Land Bill is all about for your readers to make an informed decision/comment. As it is am afraid we are blank and ignorant.

  3. Chambe says:

    Why did you walk out? Didn’t you know that this attitude costed the very MCP when bill was passed after they had walked out during UDF government. Now why are you crying over spilled water?

  4. Yakobo says:

    Cry for my beloved Malawi. Corruption has taken its course despite having the ACB. Lawlessness is the order of the day despite having law enforcers. Killings are the order of the day despite being a peaceful country. Water shortage is the order of the day despite having 1/3 of the land with water

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