Malawi govt issues ultimatum on idle land: To resell to new developers

Government has issued a stern warning that it would grab back all idle land to resell it to new developers after issuing notices to landlords this month.

Minister of Land, Atupele Muluzi with Inkosi Gomani

Minister of Land, Atupele Muluzi with Inkosi Gomani

Minister of Land, Atupele Muluzi, said the government is baffled that huge chunks of land, mostly owned by estates and companies lie idle in the Capital, Lilongwe where demand for land is also extremely high.

“Government will start issuing notices to land developers soon. There is idle land in Areas 13, 16, 19, 43, 17, 41, 46, we will be telling developers to start developing their land or else we will give the land to new developers,” said Muluzi.

He said the process of taking back the land will start as soon as the notices are given and land developers fail to comply with the deadlines set.

Muluzi, the only minister from the United Democratic Front (UDF) in President Peter Mutharika’s 20 member cabinet said all laws would be duly followed before the land grabbing exercise starts.

Some people are blaming weak laws in Malawi that allow foreigners, including Nigerians and refugees to easily access land in Malawi without problems

A land bill, that would restrict foreigners from easily accessing land in Malawi is currently gathering dust somewhere at Capital Hill and when the government decides to bring it to parliament, all the land would have gone to foreigners.

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34 thoughts on “Malawi govt issues ultimatum on idle land: To resell to new developers”

  1. Mirella K says:

    Amalawi tiyeni tikhale anthu anzeru… Madera akunenedwa ngati Area 13 are not residential areas. Tikamati ma developers we don’t mean tinyumba tazipinda ziwiri tija ayi. I think you will agree with me kuti such areas like 13 needed to have skyscrappers by now…eeh!

  2. Kafodya Imdzomdzo says:

    Why is the minister with Inkosi, Is the land issue related to Inkosi Gomani?

  3. pido says:

    Sean you dont know the functions of the places you have mentioned. Umbuli ukuvutani. Any country has such places. Mbuzi yamunthu iwe

  4. Andy says:

    Atupele, which PS or Director in the lands department pushed you to say this hopeless speech. If I were you I would remove him from the Ministry of Lands because he doesnt wish you well nor does he wish the govt well. He/she is underpressure from Amwenye or other foreigners to grab land from Malawian and give it to them. I do not want to say its perhaps yourself who has been palmed with cash from some sources to sell them land belonging to hard working bonefide Malawians. If this is true then its unfortunate and you deserve to be fired from the cabinet – Being a Muluzi I would not be surprised, your Dad sold our nation’s treasury to foreigners regardless of the fact that these were well functioning companies like SUCOMA, Commercial Bank etc.

    All the areas you have mentioned have no amenities for development, where do you think people are going to access the land for their development. It is the lands Ministry that is suppose to provide the roads, water and electricity and you cannot start talking of repossessions without these services in place. Your statement is careless and irresponsible and reflects your disrespect for fellow Malawians.

    I fail to understand how the whole PS and Directors, Commissioners of Lands and other learned officers come in your ministry to come to issue a hopeless statement like this when it is themselves that are at fault. What would force anybody to blare out such a statement if its not CORRUPTION. The urgency to reposess and sell it to Amwenye and earn a huge commission. You see when you are too corrupt and so greedy you lose your senses. You want everything to yourself, again and again. You fail to reason with yourself dont know when to stop – Corruption just breeds more Corruption until you are forcefully removed from your position, thats when its stops.

    Go and open more land somewhere else, put the roads, water and electricity and ask Malawians, only Malawians, to buy the plots at reasonable prices. Encourage them to own the land and put it schemes that would make it easy for them to acquire and develop the land. That is leadership.

    The whole of Limbe and Blantyre is in the hands of the Amwenye. You have run out of land there now you have turned to Lilongwe to start selling it to Amwenye. This may be a recipe for a huge conflict in the near future. It is best be avoided.

    Govt have a tendency to force the Lands Minister to sell land to Amwenye to raise funds for the Party and some money for the President’s pocket or its the Minister himself who wants to impress the president. Prime land In central Mzuzu was sold to Amwenye amidst huge interests from Malawian businessmen sometime back by Bingu and the demarcations were personally supervised by then Minister Mwanza. In Limbe Maone land was sold in broad daylight again to Amwenye by then Minister Mia. Party funding should not dislodge Malawian from their heritage. Already there is so much taxes in many forms that is being levied by the govt but the economy is still pedestrian, one wonders where the money is going.

    Curb the huge corruption in Ministry of Lands. No land should be given to any Amwenye unless it is advertised in the newspapers and where Malawians would be given a head start in the bid process.

  5. kaka says:

    politicians and foreigners asakupaseni malo. Land be given to malawians

  6. Real malawian says:

    They want to grab land and sell it to foreigners who have money.These crooks are very much obsessed with money.The land belongs to Malawians.Let them build at their own pace with their bicycle economy.You want other cashgates where people were building mansions within a month and now are running away to sleep in their mansions built from ill gotten proceeds.

  7. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Let landowners, as long as they are paying city rates and ground rent, develop at their own pace. Why the rush? Imagine if all land was developed in 1975 where would you have built all these new buildings being built today? In fact it would have been looking like Limbe town full of old structures. A mixture of old and new buildings give a city its architectural history and character. And by the way can this U$1.5 billion economy afford to hav all vacant land in Lilongwe city built within say 10 years? Nyumba zake nde zazidina za udzutu!

  8. Sean says:

    komanso zinthu zina zimayenela zisamutsidwe mu Capital city,like botanical garden and Lilongwe natural centuary,zinthu zimenezi ndi nkhalango zake zinadya malo ambili,I wished if kuchokera pa Area 18 mpaka ku city center nkhalango yonse ija ikanangochosedwa anthu amangepo ma buildings,Lilongwe angakongole ndikuwala kwambili

  9. Wampwesa says:

    Ku Lands kuli corruption osati yamasewera. Land is given to foreigners yet ife tikuyendera every month since 2001

  10. mphisi saysRRIZZA says:

    What is needed is to abolish the freehold land and convert it to 25 years leases and abolish all long leases and convert them to 20 years lease hold

  11. cleverly says:

    Please bring water and electricity to some of these site for example area 17

  12. womenslib says:

    Take the land from people who do not develop it within a certain amount of time. especially in the city. Foreigners should not be allowed to purchase land willy nilly. There should be a certain period of time in which a person resides in a country before allowing them to own…anything.

  13. mbuli67 says:

    Tayesani muone, ife tidzabweza 2019 pamavoti. Chidzadziwe ndi chipande poomola, ndi Malawi iyi.

  14. James says:

    You should GRAB land to foreigners NOT Malawians.

  15. James says:

    You are joking Atupele. We will sue you. Don’t even attempt.

  16. MLOMWE says:

    Am a nigerian i want a land to build Boko haram

  17. Dikisan says:

    Palibe cha nzeru kugulitsa malo kwa anthu obwera. Bambo akenso anapanga chimodzimodzi. Adagulitsa B&C, MDC, BAT, David White Head etc ; Lero kumadandaula kuti forex ikusowa. Ngati mwasowa malo pitani kunyanja mukaphesomba inu achawa. Iyi ndiye tchito mumadziwa; Kapena kukhala makonde a mwenye kumasoka.

    Malo anthu awuzeni azilipira rent osati muwalande chifukwa mBulundi wina mwamudyera zake.

  18. OKWIYA says:

    Atupele, wati chani???? Kufuna kufa nsanga uku!
    Do you know kuti ife we make money zachilungamo and we have been saving kuti timange zolongosoka! Njerwa zikafuka bwanji ku ma area ukunenako komwe kulibeko nseu? kulibwe madzi umati timangira nkodzo wa ambuyako ma nyumbawo?

    Wayamba kuganizira kumatako eti???? Can you do a thorough research kaye! Imagine anthu anamanga manyumba ku area 43 wa cashgate uja koma fumbi lilikumeneko iweyo sungambetse for the prices paid on the peace of the plot. You need to be sued for this idiotic comment or blast! Ka nseu ka ku area 18 ka kalanda kaja bwanji anthu anamanga koma kuli fuuuumbi ndipo the road is soo bad.

    what the heck is the ministry of lands doing to provide basic ammenities to the people? zoona mpakana mkakumbe chitsime kuti ndimange nyumbayo? kutunga madzi pamutu is fucking expensive, dont you know that? ……oooh how would you know iwe mwana okulira pampunga?

    use your brain and not your dick and speak through the mouth not anus!

    Ugalu bwako!

  19. sad says:

    iwe galu eti!
    1. ku area 17 kuli fumbi kobooooooooo and there is no sign of electricity or any provision for development in the next future ndiye nkamange nyumba kumeneko ndizikamwa madzi ochokera kuti?

    2. Ku am dela amenewo kulibe madzi? munthu kumangila madzi apachitsime is very very expensive. ukuona ngati timanga bwanji nyumba kulibeko basic water?

    3. the offers said we needed to pay for Ministry on lands to develop roads etc and nothing has been done!!!! iwe bulutu eti!

    You are failing to meet basic needs of the people and ukuima pachulu kuyankhula zankabudula za uchitsulu galu iweti. kukula moyeyekedwa kosasatitsidwa. kuleledwera pachinena nyani iwe. panyo pako

  20. ben says:

    Atupele should be minsiter of finanace it seems this is the only ministry which is functionuing, Goodall is too old malawi economy in shambles kwacha trading over 600MK twe are the next zimbabwe our currency is becoming uselesss and valueless

  21. GMO says:

    You collected alot of money for area 43 plots stating that the area will be tarred, installed with water and electricity poles but 4-5 years now. Nothing ndiye muli mukudzalanda mall mukuti galimoto za njerwa for building zizikafika bwanji mums plotmu. We will sue you soon. Mukuti tipamanfe msanga msanga ifetu ndalama zathu ndi zathukuta 20 years serving not cashgate.

  22. TruFactor says:

    I hope this applies to his father’s land laying idle in Blantyre.

  23. cbk says:

    Alandeni basi,mmwenye wina pa zikwanje pa mbayani kuwalesa anthu asalimepo nkusalaza mizela ndi gledder koma mpaka pano pangokhala popanda chilichonse,3yrs now.Alandeni.Kuntunda kooonse kumaona kuwenela minda minda minda anthu kumalima mmipanda NDE chani?

  24. peeping lizard says:

    MALO MUSANAGULITSE MUZITSEGULA MISEWU.LOOK AREA 24 ,NGWENYA,MBAYANI ,KALIYEKA,AND MANY MORE.MISEU NDIMENE IMAONESA CHITUKUKO,MAGESI MADZI ,ADUSE KAYE .DZIKO MUKUONONGA NDIINU ,ABOMA POSATSATILA NJIRA ZOYENERERA KUMALO

  25. Ngongoliwa says:

    Atupele, may be you don’t know, ask Dr B Muluzu how he distributed land to foreigners in his days. He set very bad precedence. It will not take us long b4 all land is in the hands of a mwenye and other rich foreigners. By the way where is the land bill? Dzukani a Malawi!!!!! Do not waste time dreaming of 2019 elections when you have issues to sort out!!!!!!

  26. gwizima says:

    Grab Muluzi’s land next to area 18 round about which is a good commercial land and has been idle for years. On a second note you as government are failing to revive the economy so that people can have enough disposable income to develop such land. People are failing to even make ends meet under your leadership and yet you expect them to have resources to develop their land. This shows something is not right in your heads, whatever you guys are smoking is killing your brains.

  27. musekanji palibe kanu says:

    AM FOR MCP BUT I SUPPORT THIS MOVE..IN BLANTYRE WE HAVE THIS HUGE CHUNK OF LAND JUST OPPOSITE NATIONAL LIBRARY..THE LAND HAS BEEN UNDEVELOPED FOR YEARS AND THE PLACE HAS NOW TURNED INTO A HIDEN PLACE FOR ROBBERS AND MURDERS,AMATI PA ZIKWANJE..ANTHU ASAMAGULE MALO NGATI NJIRA YOSUNGIRA PO NDALAMA,OKHAO ALI NDINDALAMA ZOMANGIRA NYUMBA AZIGULA MALO,NDI NJIRA YOKHAYO IMENE TINGATUKULE MA INFRASTRUCTURES ATHU..

  28. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    It’s only in sleepy Malawi where foreigners can acquire land so long as they have money . I don’t see that happening in China neither can that occur in Nigeria. In fact in China Noone owns land but government . We have lots of people from countries like Pakistan who use anchor relatives and corrupt government officials to dubiously acquire land. We shall wake up one day to find all the land is gone.

  29. Karonga boy says:

    Osangolanda kwa amene mwamutchelayo bwanji.

  30. benjnes says:

    why decide at this time when the economy is suffering where are pepo going to find money to build or government will give us soft loans???

  31. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

    The government should not be allowed to grab land just like that. Repossessing the land, following meaningful due process is another thing. And fair monetary compensation too.
    Otherwise, it’s a throwback to the bad old days of Kamuzu and MCP’s dictatorship, when property was confiscated at the dictator’s diktat.
    We do not want to go back. Never.

  32. Gunsdontkillpeople Peoplekillpeople says:

    This is utterly foolish. You, as government, can’t even create roads and necessary amenities to encourage individuals to start developing their plots even after forcing them to pay up so quickly for plots. Whose fault is it that people are not starting to develop their plots. In fact you should be sued for breaching the agreement with land owners. Go to area 46 and see if you have created roads, brought water to facilitate development! No land owner in their right mind would like their land to remain idle at all. These are investments! You should be telling people you are sorry for delaying their projects, you magegenas!

  33. John Zenus Ungapake says:

    I have been thinking and being bothered by this for a long time,mu capital city kumakhala zitchile zima incompleted buildings for years and years a city council kumangoyang’ana osapangapo kanthu,muziwalanda malowo akakanika kumangapo chinthu for a year,komaso Lilongwe is glowing at a supersonic speed ofunika malo amene ali Prime land like around city center pazimangidwa 8 storey buildings and above osati timawokala timene mukumangato,mupite ku Maputo or Dar es salaam mukaone m’mene anthu akupangila scramble for Prime land,anthu kumachita kumanga ma skyscrapers pamanda

  34. becks says:

    Alipo mufuna kumulanda

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