Malawi women seek divine intervention on lake row with Tanzania

Malawi women have been urged to pray for God’s intervention on the Lake Malawi border dispute with Tanzania so that it goes in the southern African nation and that the matter is resolved amicably.

The call was made by Women’s World Day of Prayer Chairperson Regina Phanda during this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer held at St Andrew CCAP Church in Mzuzu.

She urged women in the country to pray that a lake border row to be in Malawi’s favor.

“Let all women join hands to intensify prayers so that the lake dispute is resolved in Malawi favour and peacefully,” said Phanda during the prayers which were attended by President Joyce Banda.

Malawi women praying

Malawi women praying

Malawi claims sovereignty over the entire Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest, while Tanzania claims it is entitled to over 50 percent of the lake known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania.

The border row -which is more than 40 years old – resurfaced after Malawi discovered oil in the lake.

Phanda said the fact the name has always had the country’s name since colonial time is testimony that the lake belongs to Malawi.

“Let’s pray for the mediation efforts to be fruitful. This is our lake,” she said.

Malawi submitted its position on the disputed Lake Malawi at the end of January, meeting the deadline of January 31.

Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Patrick Kabambe said Malawi has been informed that Tanzania has also made its submission

Meanwhile, Tanzanian authorities have said they are confident that a decision by three former leaders from the member states of Southern African Development Community (SADC), who would form a panel to mediate the Lake Malawi border dispute, will resolve the conflict once and for all.

Former Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Festus Mogae of Botswana said on Monday that they would form a panel to mediate the border dispute.

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