Malawi protests to Tanzania again over its new map

Malawi government has for the second time formally protested to  Tanzania over its decision to publish a new map before the two countries have resolved a dispute over the boundaries of Lake Nyasa/Malawi.

Chaponda:  Protest note sent to Tanzania

Chaponda: Protest note sent to Tanzania

The Joyce Banda-led administration first protested attempts by Tanzania to redraw the border and accused its neibhour of treating it in a way “that creates discomfort and distancing”.

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.

In its letter lodging a diplomatic protest, Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda has confirmed Malawi has expressed its concerns that “some high-handed official decided to publicise maps which shows the dividing line as at the median line which they are claiming, we have already sent a letter of protest because when we engaged the Tanzanians in the mediation process, we agreed that the status quo will remain the same.”

Chaponda said Malawi has requested from Tanzania “an urgent meeting”, mainting the stand of Malawi that e Heligoland treaty that established colonial States, was the correct interpretation of both international law and general laws governing treaties.

He said Peter Mutharika government are proceeding with the mediation which was initiated by the Joyce Banda administration, saying Mutharika’s government could not have adopted the mediation policy to have the final verdict and wants to see what route map new Tanzanian President John Magufuli would want to use on the matter.

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

It has been confirmed that Tanzania had received the protest note.

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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bwanankubwa
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bwanankubwa
8 months 11 days ago

Malawiyu ena angomubwereka kwa zaka 5, n’kutibwezera atatikonzera bwinobwino. Ndaona kuti maiko ena akusangalasidwa naye. Ayambe ndi a Tz.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
8 months 12 days ago
There are a handful of our people who do not ponder with heads,but rather live in a strange world of the unthinkable who had been indoctrinated by Kamuzu Banda’s way of thinking.As I have said before,the lake had been there for billions of years and it will be there for another millennium.When God created it,he did not give it a name,but rather put it there for his creatures who could be living around it.What your government and its leadership is trying to do,is to avoid accepting the real fact that the government has ran out of wind in its sails… Read more »
tchutchutchu
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8 months 12 days ago

ukunama aise! Munyanjamo muli zose, mankhwala, forex ndi zina. Nde iwowo angotenga? Am ready to fight for my country.

tchutchutchu
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8 months 12 days ago

So msowoya u mean we shld leave the lake to them? If so then ur lyng. Thats our lake. Am ready Am ready to be recrutd by Malawi Armed Forces to fight those thievs.

francis mtonga
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francis mtonga
8 months 12 days ago

Achimwene a tchutchutchu, izi tiyeni tizisiye.ine manyazi ndilibe kunena kuti anzathuwo nkhondo amaidziwa. mwina enawa anali ana, ndani anka dziwa kuti Idi Amin munthu wa mkulu nkugonja.kulandidwa kapena kusalanwa nyanja sindigatekeseke nazo. pano ena akugawana ndalama, ma contract, kuba ndalama,kudyelela mapwhando, kulembana ntchito mwachinyengo, kugula zimbudzi zoyenda-yenda the list goes on. ulova, makwala kusowa muzipatala, school fees zokwela, magetsi ndi madzi osowa omwenso akwela mitengo. feteleza wodula, makuponi akupatsana okha-okha.tiyeni tiasiye azikanganila nyanjayo, dont risk your dear life brother zikayambika tizingopenya osayelekeza kulowelapo, tigwilane manja kwinaku tikudya bonya, masacheti akumwedwa. Winston Msowoya, ba phaliliko nawe

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
8 months 14 days ago
My fellow Malawians,just talk for the sake of talking,do not think even for a second that you start a war with Tanzania and win.Which war have you fought since independence more than 50 years ago?If General Yatuta Chisiza with 16 highly trained combatants could inflict heavy casualties on Banda’s reactionary forces supported by former racist armed forces of South Africa,how can you expect Malawi armed forces could stand a chance of winning against the battle-hardened and formidable Tanzanian armed forces? If dictator Idd Amin were alive,you could ask for an advice before you start your adventurous and misguided armed conflict.Please… Read more »
SADRIDO
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SADRIDO
8 months 15 days ago

I cannot take it and I would rather die for what belongs to the Malwians.

francis mtonga
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francis mtonga
8 months 16 days ago

Plse shift songwe boarder past balaka to zalewa (shire river) this will give us even development.no dead north.keep the fire burning magufuli

Lexten
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Lexten
8 months 16 days ago
My friends Malawians you have to bear on mind that Tanzanias capacity interms of army is very good compared to you and that’s from intelligence reports. For you being called a state doesn’t mean you can fight against anyone! For sure your president knows that. More one thing you need to put in mind; Tanzania has a lot of army machines which are about to expire and a good way to destroy them can be through getting into a real war, so as a caution please don’t request for war because you can be joking and they do what you… Read more »
Lexten
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Lexten
8 months 16 days ago

My friends Malawians you have to bear on mind that Tanzanias capacity interms of army is very good compared to you and that’s from intelligence reports.
For you being called a state doesn’t mean you can fight against anyone! For sure your president knows that.
More one thing you need to put in mind; Tanzaniamachines which are about to expire and a good way to destroy them can be through getting into a real war, so as a caution please don’t request for war because you can be joking and they do what you don’t expect.

2016 welcome
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2016 welcome
8 months 16 days ago

Koma tsono chithunzi cha a ndunacho kungokhala kwakwase olo nyikwi.

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