Malawi fury over Tanzania new map ‘propaganda’ claiming portion of Lake Malawi: Magufuli and Mutharika faceoff

Malawi government has informed all controlling officers to be on alert following a “propaganda” by the government of Tanzania to promote a new map showing that the east African country owns part of the Lake Malawi.

Mkondiwa: Tanzania treating Malawi n a way “that creates discomfort and distancing

Mkondiwa: Tanzania treating Malawi in a way that creates discomfort and distancing

Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa has advised the officials to disregard the “half truth”s by Tanzania by rejecting use of any document bearing such misinformation.

The newly published map, which shows the boundaries of the country’s newly created regions, has reignited the ongoing dispute over the boundaries on Lake Malawi, which is potentially rich in oil and gas.

Malawi has since claimed that its boundaries with Tanzania have never changed and are as designated by colonialists the Anglo-Heligoland Treaty.

Government has also insisted that it has never accepted claims that Tanzania owns part of the lake.

“Malawi will never, and has never, at any time, acquiesced to Tanzania’s unwarranted and unjustified territorial claims,” Mkondiwa said.

Mkondiwa added:“Malawi government would like to call upon all officials in government ministries,  departments, and agencies to be alert on this matter and to continue rejecting and refusing to use all such maps appearing in any form or media including calendars, diaries, official documentation or other documents for any purpose or business.”

Tanzania claimed it released the maps because new regions and districts had been created and it was therefore necessary to show the boundaries.

Malawi disputes Tanzania’s claim to half the lake – Africa’s third biggest.

It has accused Tanzania of raising tension by allegedly intimidating Malawian fishermen on the lake.

Malawi awarded oil exploration licences to foreign companies to search for oil in the lake, which Tanzania calls Lake Nyasa.

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40 thoughts on “Malawi fury over Tanzania new map ‘propaganda’ claiming portion of Lake Malawi: Magufuli and Mutharika faceoff”

  1. GONANI says:

    Here we go again, Tanzania is becoming like cancer on our skin now. Why don’t we deal with them once and for all – ban them from using our lake completely? We need to stop them before they undermine us further.

  2. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    This is war, The problem Tanzania think they can win but they dont know Malawi. They cry until they not think they had started it. They should ask M23 which their soldiers thought it was dangerous. They faced dangerous MDF. There they will learn about Nyasaland.

  3. Cashgate says:

    Tanzania has seen the weaknes of our government and they are now testing it. They are busy trying to weaken the MPC by sponsoring these useless confusionist instead of challenging these bastards. But watch out part of your lake will be grabbed whilst you are busy snoring.

  4. Moya says:

    All money for MDF was cash gated, we have no modern equipment for modern wars. Our soldiers are best known for good behavior but that won’t save the nation from aggressive enemies. That’s why mutharika is quiet, the best strategy in the circumstances i guess. We have uranium just at the border with Tanzania but we can’t make weapons that would scare them but instead we are shipping to other countries to scare us with weapons made from our own uranium. Until we start using our brains we remain a doomed country

  5. mchisala says:

    This is the best outcome for the lake. Tanzania must be commended for that.

  6. chemuyaya says:

    During his campaign he said The lake belongs to Malawi. My first day in office as president I will make sure that this issue of lake dispute is sorted and thereafter I will fly to Nsanje to open the port which Joice Banda politically is failing to put effort on and Our University in Thyolo also. Nde lero mukamati eeee nyanja eeee aijambulanso kodi ndekuti nkuluyi sanambe kulamula?

  7. Gondwe Peter says:

    Do I care if TZ takes a portion of Lake Malawi? No! As a country Malawi has failed to utilize this water resource for the benefit of its citizens. We haven’t tapped water for our water boards from the lake. We have also failed to do intensive and mass irrigation using these waters. We have also failed to attract tourism using this beautiful lake. Now we have to claim it back for what? Stupidity

  8. Youna says:

    Inu muli busy kudetselera MCP mmalo moayng’ana matters of national interest. Where is our intelligence?!

  9. Parallel Market says:

    My fellow countrymen,
    1. Lets allow this issue to be freely discussed in our radio chat shows. Let our lawyers share legal opinion of this issue to the masses.

    2. Let Malawi seal its borders with Tanzania until this issue is finally resolved.

    1. Zuze says:

      KIKIKIKI. If we seal our borders with Tanzania, who will suffer?

  10. mjiba says:

    The boundaries between African countries are artificial created by the colonialist in 1884 at the Berlin conference. What these boundaries neglected to take into account was the use of shared resources like Lake Malawi today and the Indian Ocean in their quest for demarcation of Africa among themselves. Tanzania has always used Lake Malawi and they will continue to use. But if they want to redraw the borders. Then Tanzania and Malawi must declare that the borders that were drawn by the colonialists between these two countries are no longer valid. Tanzania and Malawi must also declare that the Heligoland treaty of 1890 which shared Malawi and Tanzania between Britain and German is no longer valid. Tanzania and Malawi must declare the 1964 OAU Cairo Declaration on Border Disputes among African States legitimising national borders inherited from colonial times as no longer valid. Tanzania and Malawi can then redraw the two boundaries that exists today. As Malawians since time immemorial we had access to the Indian Ocean, We own that vast expanse body of water, We must also demand from Tanzania our share of the Indian Ocean because before the borders were drawn we were using it for commerce. Our leaders must not be afraid to demand our access to the Indian Ocean from Tanzania and they must not be afraid to use our military to fight and protect the integrity of Malawi as a country if neighboring states are on the verge of sowing seeds of confusion. If Magufuli or whatever Tubvi he is called wants war, then WAR let us give it to them they are tired of coexisting .

    1. kamberembere chaponda says:

      “… they must not be afraid to use our military to fight and protect the integrity of Malawi as a country…”

      As if Malawi has any military. Muli ndi Chaponda anayidyera ndarama zogurira zipolopolo kalekale. Ngati mukufuna kuphetsa anyamata anthu, yeserani kutumiza asilikali ku borderline with Tz.

    2. mchisala says:

      Mjiba, you do not sit at the table to discuss the sharing of what rightly belongs to you! You say this is my shirt but if you want it you must give me X in exchange! We should have asked for 50 km corridor to the ocean along Tanzania’s southern boarder in exchange for Tanzania getting what they want! You can not be taking of fighting anyone in the state we are!

  11. [email protected] says:

    Mutharika should speak. He is too quiet. That is why Tanzania is taking advantage. He should make a statement saying “The Whole Malawi belongs to Malawi and Malawians should disregard the new map from Tanzania”
    Mutharika criticised Joyce Banda that Tanzania cannot claim part of the lake under him. But what do we see? He is worse than JB. He must make a public statement. Secondly, he should deploy patrol boats on on lake Malawi to ensure that no boats from TZ navigate on the lake.

    1. ukamberembere chaponda says:

      …he should deploy patrol boats on on lake Malawi ..

      Heeee! Koma inu za cashgate ndiye kuti simukuzimvetsetsatu! Where will they get the money for buying boats?! Nyooo! They stole all the money, abambo Chaponda ndi anzawo.

      1. nganga says:

        Patrol boats? Do they have any? All money was cashgated?

  12. Ngalamayi says:

    Well, if Magufuli ruled (part of) Malawi, at least it would be run well. Does he have a brother Malawi could import? Imagine, a country free of corruption, government mis-spending, the welfare of the country their first priority….!

    1. Mayianga says:

      Ngalamayi, you are on point. Even the ministers in TZ were ordered to use small vehicles cos of economy pamene ife athu akuba and yet driving poshy cars.

  13. Kwanunkha says:

    So, what stops Malawi from printing calendars, diaries, documents, zitenje, etc with counter boundary demarcation and drop them ku Tanzania ko kuti nawonso amve mmbebe! These people ndiwodelera kwambiri, and they think they are very smart! They want to intimidate Malawi big time. Osawapatsa mpata.

  14. joen says:

    Am ready to go now

  15. Fisi Dausi says:

    Go Tanzania go! Malawian cabinet ministers have been stealing from their own government to the extent that it’s military has no hardware to wage or win a war.

    Deploy a ship that can cater for all people on both sides of northern Lakeshore including likoma islands.

    In fact Magufuli, why don’t you just annex the entire northern region. People of the north would be happy to pay their taxes to Tanzania than giving it to the thieves of the south! They are the stupidest people in the world!

    1. jibs says:

      It’s only a tumbuka who can write such senseless comment, people without heads.u don’t either know that what ever gonna happened down there u’ll be the first victims.

      1. kamberembere chaponda says:

        We have already been victimised by your senseless cashgate. Agalu inu!

    2. chitete says:

      Amenewo nde mau……..great bro! Tz go deeper……we support u

  16. Visulo says:

    A siyileni Nyanja a Tanzania mwina angayikemo ma ship a bwino. You Malawians have failed to use that Lake. Mwachuluka akamtunda simudziwa ubwino wa madzi and water transport.

    1. tman says:

      no wonder Magufuli is a goofer

  17. Central says:

    Angatani awa ndi ma honorary degrees……………… ntchito kuba basi!!

    Instead of engaging TZ, you are engaging Ministers and PSs in Malawi …………. ndiye akakana calendar ndiye kuti TZ isiya? Nanga ma calendar amene TZ ipeleke ku maiko ena inu mutani…………………….? Mbuzi zopanda manooooooooooo, chimene mumadziwwa inu koma kuononga basiiiiiiiiiiii!!

    Wandale ndi anthu ake, a kwanu omwe a Hlomwe anati ataona amvekere if TZ is doing it, why can’t we did it……….!! Basi United States of Thyolo and MUlanje nayonso kuyamba ndi komweko ……… bulldozer che George kuti apiteko anakagogomako!!

  18. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    “Chili kwa mzako, nkumati chigwire nyanga.” – Malawian Proverb. You see . . .
    . . . When TZ began to behave the savage it is; our initial reaction was – it’s all because Malawi was female-headed. Now that Malawi is no longer female-headed, what reason can we give now for TZ’s continued savagery? Some men are born women?
    …………………………………………………………………………
    I wish Tanzania’s ignorance had limits. They could have known that their conduct is as cheap as their claim is empty. Now that they have proven that their ignorance and savagery have no limits . . .
    . . . all that Malawi govt can do is advise its officers to refuse to recognise the map? Like Seriously?
    . . . Who doesnt know that if a lie is told over and over again, people tend to forget that it’s a lie?
    . . . Now, what good will this refusal by Malawi govt officials do us, if other countries start recognising the TZ map (based on Malawi’s stupidity [continuing to take no decisive action])?
    . . . Is it not APM who declared the lake-issue is non-negotiable? implying that he would easily tell off these misguided Taifa’s, using some never-before-heard-or-seen statutes or otherwise?
    . . . What have we seen him do, if not hide?, and continue to wish, hope n pray the issue will resolve itself?
    . . . Yes, APM is seen comfortable to be unavailable on so many issues affecting Malawi, but cant he, for once; come out of his hiding and make himself available on such an important issue as this?
    . . . Nanga what good is having a full professor of law who seems just as blank as a legal novice?
    Trust me, TZ’s actions are irritating; but equally and more irritating, is Malawi’s causal attitude towards TZ’s savagery.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

    1. Njombwa Bwana says:

      The whole truth is that Tanzania owns the part of lake wherewaters kiss their land all the way to the centre. That is the reality Malawi should live with. Malawi is scared to go to International court because they will lose. Over the years Malawi has been bribing Tanzanian negotiators. Malawi lost lots of money in bribes. Now the reality is dawning. We are in a civilized world. Malawi can’t hide behind Hegoland treaty. It doesn’t make any sense.

  19. Kamchacha says:

    Good subject but wrong target audience! You are supposed to be talking to your Tanzanian counterpart!

  20. sasamba says:

    we should not give up on this issue no matter what? Anali kuti Mataifa nthawi yonseyi angoza za oil ndi gas.

  21. Yewo says:

    That time Peter was saying JB is weak on this issue. What is this now?

  22. Gerard mapanga Phiri says:

    Tanzania is winning there. Malawi need a tough leadership that need no negotiations but rushing to international court like steps Joyce Banda was taking. We were saying she is weak, now who is weak between two to Tanzania?

  23. Mulopwana says:

    Why is Peter Muthalika afraid to take the Malawi-Tanzania boundary dispute to the International court of justice?

    1. triple C says:

      This PITALA is a lawyer and yet he is afraid!! Busy drinking and sleeping

      1. KKKK says:

        Peter is a foreigner. He doesn’t know about the boundaries.

        1. May be the soldiers engaged in armed robbery could engage Tanzania other that innocent shop keepers.

          1. Thundila says:

            The North will do what Crimea did by rejoining Tanzania. We have more in common with our Tanzanian brothers than these idiots called Lhomwes. The North is unredeemed Tanzsnia. Fokofu

      2. Njou says:

        Dear Malawians,

        You may recall that Dr. Banda silenced Tanzania the first time she claimed a portion of the lake. Over the years, Tanzania has remained convinced that the lake belongs to Malawi and there was co-existence between the two neighboring countries. However, when Malawi started to explore oil on the lake, Tanzania rose up to claim a portion of the lake.. You may wish to know that much of the water on lake Malawi comes form Tanzanian rivers. Tanzania and Mozambique are major stakeholder on the lake. Whatever happens on/with the lake affects them directly or indirectly hence they need to be consulted. I wonder whether Malawi consulted the two countries before embarking on oil exploration on the lake. The fact is that people in the three countries depend on the lake in various ways. During oil drilling, spillages are inevitable, hence the damage caused will not only affect Malawi. For this reason, Tanzania is simply trying to communicate to Malawi that to consider its fishermen, coast, environment before embarking on programme. Stop Oil exploration on the lake and this wrangle will go priceless. The fact that Mozambique is quite does not mean that she in not concerned. You will one day be shocked when Mozambique will announce that no drop of oil spillage should float on its territorial waters including Likoma and Chizumulu Islands for such will be deemed aggression. Will it then be possible to stop spillages drifting into their waters, costs? Malawi should therefore consider exploring oil on mainland Karongaa or Nsanje where there are large fossils. Let us avoid confrontation, we can find better ways of resuscitating our economy. At present, Malawi cannot afford military confrontation (war). .After all, investment in oil is now becoming unpopular as oil prices keep falling down. So Mr. Mkondiwa and CAPITAL HILL, please STOP oil exploration and the conflict will die a natural death. The cost of war could be too much ofr this country compared from the benefits we may expect from oil proceeds. LISTEN THEN IF YOU HAVE EARS!!

        Readers, let me hear your comments.

        1. Nunu says:

          This is the best wisest comment I have read so far

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