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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :