MP Kalindo blasts Wandale on Thyolo, Mulanje sovereign state calls: Land dispute in Malawi tea estates

Member of Parliament, Bon Kalindo, who leads Citizens for the Protection of Mulanje (CPM) which is supporting the cause for Thyolo and Mulanje people’s occupation of all idle land owned by tea estates, has exonerated his group from calls of declaring the two districts a sovereign State.

Members of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje South, Bon Kalindo: No land grab

Members of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje South, Bon Kalindo: No land grab

Members of the People’s Land Organisation (PLO) have set December 17 2015 as the deadline to resolve the matter or else the two districts will form their own State.

PLO leader Vincent Wandale has said Malawi Government as well as President Peter Mutharika have failed to resolve the matter and will now seek declaration of the two districts to be a standalone state-nation.

But Kalindo in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday dismissed the calls by PLO, saying Wandale “is now taking things too personal.”

He said President Mutharika summoned his group and PLO members at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre to discuss the long-standing land wrangle between communities and tea estate owners in populous Thyolo and Mulanje districts where most of the arable land is taken up by tea estates.

“The President intervened and took responsibility to discuss with tea estate owners on how to address people’s concern. This is not an issue of land grabbing hence we leave it with the First Citizen to help us resolve the issue,” said Kalindo.

He dismissed Wandale’s calls for Thyolo and Mulanje to be declared a state-nation, saying such calls are “unhelpful” and “senseless.”

Kalindo said PLO should desist from inciting people of tea growing districts of Thyolo and Mulanje to stand up against commercial land owners and grab the land.

“We want people from the two districts to be helped and the President assured that he will intervene. He laid out measurers to help the people not only by asking estate owners to give up idle land but also give the people some economic empowerment packages and development projects so that they do not only rely on land,” said Kalindo.

He dismisses sovereign state calls as “divisive” and said it is uncalled for.

“We should not advocate for arbitrary takeover of land. The President does not want that,” he said.

PLO demands local people’s occupation of all idle land on top of demanding estates owners to pay £65 (about K53 000) per acre per year for all used colonial estate land from 1914.

The organisation has also been demanding from the estates owners a wage rate of £6.13 per hour (about K5000) per individual for those who were involved in Thangata (bonded labour) between 1914 and 1963.

Malawi’s tea industry, started by colonial masters in the 1800s, occupies thousands of hectares believed to have been grabbed from natives. The industry is also one of the most productive in the world.

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35 thoughts on “MP Kalindo blasts Wandale on Thyolo, Mulanje sovereign state calls: Land dispute in Malawi tea estates”

  1. Proof Read says:

    The people in Thyolo and Mulanje have been silent on this matter for far too long. What has made them to bring up this issue?

  2. Dolo weni weni says:

    The people crying for land in Thyolo and Mulanje do not understand their history. This land belongs to the white settlers and they occupied it when there was nobody. The people are now there came as workers from the neighbouring districts of Mozambique around 1913 where there is still plenty of land if they want to go back. A big chunk of these people came running away during the 2 Mozambican wars. Instead of fighting for the land which is not theirs, they can honourably go back to their motherland.

  3. John says:

    THE ISSUE IS ABOUT FAMILY PLANNING. FULL STOP. ANTHU A KU THYOLO NDI MULANJE MMENE MUKUNYERERANAMU OLO ATAKUPATSANI IDLE LAND MUZAZITSANSO WITHIN FEW YEARS AND MUSOWANSO POLIMA. FOOLISH PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KUKHULUPIRIRA KUBALANA TOO MUCH!

  4. Gulukunyinda says:

    Mbuli tsopano zikhaledi pazokha kkkkk mbiri ya Malawi yawonongeka coz of these stupid fools ntchito kuchindana kopanda nako nthawi ana mbweee!

  5. cj says:

    its about time our for leader to get all the pressure after all they are living high life asamaganizila anthu awo, at the same time azigulitsanso zipatala what a shame ndiye its better kutengelatu malo akwanu a president asanaike pa for sale coz its going to happen

  6. Novirikana says:

    Ifetu Alhomwe titaifuna cesation ndi one month osati zachitumbuka phokoso too much feudalism, feudalism, za ziii!

  7. Daud Majawa says:

    This issue is nonsense and to read some comments here makes me sick,we are all Malawians and to comment based on tribe or region is a stupid headache which needs medicine fast

  8. ANGONI SIATHA ONSE says:

    Bon fight for us, tikubvutika kwambiri ngati sindife amene tikulamulira, ndatopa ndi munthu ameneyu okumva zayekha osawona kwao .. bola tingotenga ambwenu tomweti atilamule kapena chakwera.

  9. Nyayekha says:

    Treason at its highest order!but this guy individually calling for TO&MJ is a lone misguided individual,mpwesa sichina nkhululukiline he has no idea what his talking about,alibe ndi munthu modzi angamusate pa 17 Dec deadline,anatapa ku sanjika watha kumwera kachasu afuna zina ndiye sizibwera ataa!Kalindo dont just associate yourself with anybody just bcoz u badly want unduna!!

  10. Cocoon says:

    Full of thugs, they just money for nothing! Ask them if they can buy the Estates. They will all run away.

  11. Nkuruzinza says:

    The Republic of Mulhopwane!! Hahahahahah!

  12. Ghadhaffi says:

    Abale iiiiinuuuu,conde musatinyoze Alhomwefe,sitonse amene tili mbuli. Kod wamisala akavula inunso alungalunga mmavula pomutsanzira? Kod wophika mowa ndi wogula mowawo wolakwa nndani? Inu mukudziwa ngat lili tcmo amakhala onse ali involved,wogula sangagule ngat wophika palibe nayenso wophika sangaphike ngat wogula palibe. Let’s b kwayiti tiaonere,nanga si alepher kuyendetsa dziko lalikulu mwina afna ayetsere kadziko kenako THE MULATHYO REPUBLIC.

  13. redeemed says:

    Don’t sugarcoat it with terms like “senseless and a good uncalled for”, its high time the government in power exercise its authority by bringing to book those who seem to be filled with rebellion spirit. Two much freedom is bad for the well being of any nation.
    Remember the muvi oyanganira idiom. We don’t desire our beautiful country to be turned into another rebels infested nation like Zaire and Nigeria.

  14. MF Jones says:

    Isn’t that treasonous?

  15. flyton Manda says:

    Please secede. Monkeys.

  16. Achakulungwa says:

    Koma amphaka amenewa atikwana zedi. Khalanidi panokha ndipo mutengenso mpanda mano wanuyu Mr. Ibu Peter Muthalika kuti ndiamene akhale mtsogoleri wanu kumeneko ife tisankhe wina wamasomphenya yomwe angatichotse mung’anjo yamoto yomwe Amalawi tilikukumananayo pakali pano pansi paulamuliro wake.

  17. Myao says:

    ZINGAKHALE BWINO BWANJI KKKK!

  18. MWAPIYA KHWETHEMULE says:

    INU ALHOMWE CHOFUNIKA APA MUZILERA.MUNTHU ULIBE MALO OLIMA KOMA KUBEREKA ANA NGATI MBEWA.NGAKHALE AKUPATSENI MALOWA MAWA LINO MUFUNA ENA.CHIMENE MUZIPANGA NDI KUCHEPETSA KUCHINDANA MWAMVA.

  19. mphwache wa bingu says:

    I hope this is not Vincent Wandale I know. The districta agriculture development officer in Mwanza

  20. Munthu the Citizen says:

    Zambiata or whatever u call yourself
    Do you really think that such miserable districts could evolve into a sovereign state? If such is the case then go back to school and enrol in standard 1 coz school siinakuthandize as of now.

  21. Alex Likoswe says:

    Industry most world productive?v. The writer knows better.

  22. youna says:

    Koma zingakhale bwino bwanji!Mwina Malawi angatukukeko akachoka analigonkhwilowa.

  23. General says:

    Am still waiting dec 17

  24. Owen singini says:

    LERO zilipamphuno. Akamadandaula akumpoto nkumati ndiozikonda. Muisove!

  25. duduzi says:

    Let them become a state and all those who are in hot seats in gvt ie ……will be the president there at Goliyati.

  26. ambuje says:

    Alomwe kudzikonda,muli ndi chani chokuyenerezani kuti muyime panokha? Limbikirani tikuonereni

  27. Patricia Kaliati says:

    AWATUMA AWA

  28. Zikatha says:

    a good idea to have the Lomwes form their state. Actually we don’t need them in Malawi

  29. Prince Edward rsa says:

    Pitala he doesn’t know the history of malawi how come he can resolve the land dispute rangles this must not involve him, ndata farm also was accquired through dubius means and must be investegated stupid americans with stolen professorship.

  30. Namihavani says:

    mWAKHUTA NANDOLO ETI BASI MUKHALE PANOKHA OR MANYAZI MULIBE

  31. zofuna says:

    ZOPUSA ZENIZENI

  32. Viyazi Tembo says:

    umbuli sikusapita kusukulu kokha…..

  33. Zambiata says:

    Winiko knows that once the districts becomes sovereign, he will sieze to to an MP. But knowing Winiko the person, he would have been for it if he were not an MP

  34. Vagina says:

    I support that these two districts should have their own state. they r pompous, ergocentric, proud zitsiru ndipo ozikonda

  35. tchama says:

    kkkkkkkk koma mbuli zinazi

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