Mutharika refuses to budge on Lake Malawi: Talks of ‘amicable solution’ with Tanzania

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has maintained his position that  the  entire Lake Malawi, Tanzania calls Lake Nyasa,  which is potentially rich in oil and gas is owned  by Malawi,  but has made concessions from  his earlier declaration that there is no need to negotiate the issue but telling parliament on Friday that the two countries continue to work on “an amicable solution” to lake boundary dispute.

President Mutharika: Amicable solutions

President Mutharika: Amicable solutions

Mutharika – a  law professor who also taught law in Tanzania –  made his position known to former president of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano and former president of Botswana Festus Mogae, who are members of Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government mediating in the Lake Malawi border dispute with neighbouring Tanzania, that whole lake belongs to Malawi emphasizing that not even an inch belongs to Tanzania.

But Tanzania has recently maintained its owenership claim and reportedly will be sending ships to the disputed lake.

However, in his State of the nation address when he opened budget session of parliament on Friday, Mutharika said nothing has changed on lake wrangle with Tanzania.

“I say so clear because the issue of the boundary has been so clear for 126 years,” President Mutharika told Malawi Parliament.

Mutharika insisted that the whole lake belongs to Malawi emphasizing that not even an inch belongs to Tanzania.

He however said his position does not mean Malawi is ready to go to war with Tanzania, saying “an amicable solution” will be reached to resolve the lake wrangle.

The Malawi leader, who told parliament that he is “indebted to the Almighty God for the peace and stability” that people continue to enjoy in this country,  assured of his personal and government’s commitment to return to discussions with Tanzania for peaceful resolution.

Malawi government previously  hinted that if not resolved, it will got to International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Revered British judge Professor Rosalyn Higgins, QC,  former ICJ head  also gave a legal opinion which concludes that Malawi owns the entire lake.

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24 thoughts on “Mutharika refuses to budge on Lake Malawi: Talks of ‘amicable solution’ with Tanzania”

  1. leave the country to LlomweYao group says:

    How I would wish all Northerners could supported this wonderful idea of parting from Malawi. And in fact kupita ku Zambia, Tanzania is my 2nd choice
    Otherwise it’s by far much better than being in that country called Malawi.
    That country should be called Llomeyao. Why? it belongs to lomwes and yao. Even eni ake even pa social media amatelo, ati koma iwowo ndiye anzeru koma. Basileni kadziko ako manje
    Tiwasiyile dziko lawolo anthu awo, otherwise ku north tidzavutika mpakana kalekale????
    Anthuwo amadzitenga ngati kuti ndi anzelu, okongola (my foot Chaponda?), okhawo koma ati kulamulama dziko mpakana muyaya.
    Isiyileni dziko lawolo, Nkontembeledwa ka dzikoko, do you people do not wonder mediocre presidents all this time ndi a komweko

  2. Geoffrey says:

    Northeners, is it true you will be on” Tanzanian side ” as claimed by @Nyasulu? tidziwe nao….

  3. bozwell makaranga says:

    All emotion and little reasoning here. The very lake which we say we own 100% and yet the southern half is split equally with Mozambique. What is so different to do the same with Tanzania? We do not own every inch of it as we have already negotiated and accepted that Mozambique owns a quarter portion of the south eaof the lake. Remember even the so called AGREEMENT that is supposed to have given the whole lake to Malawi can, in legal parlance, be defective. The fact that there is a contract does not mean that it automatically becomes enforceable. The courts look at whether the contract conforms to natural laws of justice. It is very clear that if indeed there is a contract about lake Malawi and that contract states that the whole lake belongs to Malawi you can be damn sure that the courts will find such a contract downright wrong and illogical. The best analogy would be your own house. Can a neighbour lay claim to ownership of his land surrounding his house up to a point where the land touches the foundation of your house? That is rather stupid and wrong. Is that not what Malawi is insisting upon? Secondly, the fact we have already accepted that a quarter of the southern half of the lake belongs to Mozambique, does that not set precedent upon which Tanzania can advance its case?
    If Malawi owns the entire half, how will we exercise those rights to the north of Songwe and along the eastern shores of the lake? Rather stupid if you think objectively!

  4. Winston Msowoya says:

    Muthalika and your running dogs stop playing with fire,you have failed miserably to revamp the national economy and now you want to start unnecessary war with far superior Tanzanian armed Forces is one of the largest in the Continet.Try on you will see kilocho mnyonyoa kanga manyoya.If the war starts,forget about the North because Northerners will find an opportunity to align itself with Tanzania under NYIKALAND GOVERNMENT from oppressive regimes of Southern and Central Malawi that took almost 52 years.In the first place,Muthalika must thank Tanzanians for keeping him all that long after he refused to return to Malawi after joining Masauko Chipembere’s political Party,the PDP in Dar es salaam,Tanzania.Malawians let me remind you that if your country starts this idiotic war with Tanzania,bear in mind that you will have no one to support you in our Region.Mozambique,South Africa and Zimbabwe will side with Tanzania that helped them in blood and materially during their liberation struggles against Western brutal white racists for almost 30 years.The Lake belongs to TANZANIA,MOZAMBIQUE,MALAWI AND AFRICA.Mind you also,that there are two million Malawians living in Tanzania freely,but illegally,are you not putting them into dire dangers? If your government can not give jobs to thousands of Malawians inside the country,how would you handle the influx of those who will be expelled from there.? Your immediate priorities are to build viable economy for thousands of jobless Malawians,fight the evil growing crime rate,fight tribalism of which has dangerously divided our nation under your watch,joblessness on scale never seen before in our country and aboveall,brutal corruption of your own making just to mention a few of your failures.I warn you again,starting a war with Tanzania it will cost untold sufferings of our people,if you have failed to run the country,how would you fight a giant?

  5. Kenkkk says:

    My very good advice to peter is that all sadc presidents current or past will never support Malawi on the lake issue even when they know that legally the whole north lake in Karonga belongs to Malawi. They have been comrades in arms for too long. I don’t know why we even agreed to this stupid mediation knowing very well that the mediators will never support Malawi position.

    Just take the matter to ICJ and once for all settle it. Don’t forget however that Tanzanians use the lake daily as if it is theirs. Tanzania villagers don’t even think a moment that the lake belongs to Malawi. They just go on their normal business of bathing or swimming, fishing, drinking, playing ,etc on the lakeshore without thinking that the lake belongs to Malawi. That is the catch, what are you going to do about them innocent villagers?

  6. Gerald mapanga Phiri says:

    To way I see Joyce Banda administration was close to solve lake wrangle with Tanzania than Peter administration. The way Peter taking it is not to solve it but but he is just cooling it and come back for future generations

  7. King Solomon says:

    If the two governments went to the Wolrd Court, the case would be Tanzania’s favour.I actually it will be a win-win situation for both countries.
    What the mediators need to do is to recomend a determination by the World Court on the matter.

  8. TZ1 says:

    Man, you Malawians really underestimate us. Anyways I will sleep safely knowing that should it come to war, JWTZ is way superior than MDF.

  9. Mzakwacha, says:

    peter,the lake that side is for republic of malawi north.Umatikana anthu akumpoto iwe peter.Ungakambe chani zanyanja?Nanga qoata system?Uzingokhala uko ku sanjika,kumadya kumakhuta waiting day u wil be out.Kunali ngwazi ankatumbwa,pano ali kuti?Inu ndani inu a mutharika?Wait,that is malawi.Ngati akufuna nyanja ayikepo masitima,asiye,iwe pita sindiwe wolephela.Tamakambani zanzeru,njala,umbanda,qoata system etc.Anthu amadya nyanja?Koma iwe pita,mumaganiza koma?Or tanzania yitafuna kutenga the whole republic of north,no pulobulemu.Iwe ndiwe wolephera both sides,yes up and down.What do i mean,ask getrude on the down side and malawians on the up side.Your excellency the state president of thyolo and mulanje,Mwamva?I wish u a long life so that u see how chakwela will develop malawi.Mzakwacha.+27724922299.

  10. Arkie dá Prince says:

    The name of the lake is….LAKE MALAWI!! MALAWI! not tanzania

  11. Chilungamo says:

    Lets go to war!

  12. Makeresia pawa says:

    We have to divide the lake into two halves!
    like or not you KWACHA!

  13. Makeresia pawa says:

    Lake Malawi is a property of two soveregin states!
    Tanzania and Malawi.
    Our leader have to be in good relationship for the benefits of citizens of both country.

  14. munyane says:

    Peter, can you just sign for war with these lizards of Tanzania, am tired of these uneducated crocodiles. The MDF will give them a lesson in the battle field.

  15. Bande Brian,Bac,MBA (2016) says:

    MORE FIRE.THIS IS DPP.

  16. Parallel Market says:

    Thats true!!!!!!!

  17. mulopwana says:

    wokamba wazikamba, its ok its ok.

  18. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    APM, speaking a lot and doing a little or nothing is not helping anybody, you know that?

    If there is a hint that Malawi may take the issue to the ICJ, why haven’t we taken the issue to the ICJ; after more than 3 years? You are still negotiating with the SADC Forum for Former Heads of State, you say?
    . . . But if a nannay (female goat) has a misunderstanding with hyenas (who happen to have eaten the goat’s kids), does it make sense for the mother-goat to take the case to a hyenas’ court and expect justice?
    ………………………………………………………………………
    . . . who doesn’t know that Chissano and Mogae or the SADC Forum cannot be independent mediators?; being a forum for former African heads of states and resolving a disagreement between African countries?
    . . . and who thinks that Chissano and Mogae or the SADC Forum have the expertise and technical knowledge of the matter, anyway?
    . . . Are we sure we are seeking the right thing (justice) when we seek it from a wrong place?
    . . . If anybody doesnt think we are wasting time here with this SADC Forum , then I bet that someone doesn’t think.
    ……………………………………………………………………..
    Malawi is wasting time with this SADC chani chani kaya, coz not only does the Forum not have the expertise but it’a also not independent; its ruling will, thusly, likely be biased.
    . . . by then it will be too late for Malawi coz the case will have become too contaminated for a fair and fresh hearing at the ICJ.
    . . . and its sad that all this is happening when Malawi is blessed with a full professor of law who should have the right legal vocabulary and statutes hence be quick to claim back that which is ours. Alas!

    . . . We must act right and act now! Otherwise . . .
    “10 years from now, you (APM) will be more dissapointed by the things you didn’t do (taking action) than the things you did do (not taking action) . . . ” – H. Jackson Brown
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  19. Tendai says:

    Every generation has its leaders to rule and now here is our president defending our land. despite all you may try to oppose lets for now support him for this is great won battle to be remembered for generations to come.

  20. the prophet says:

    it seems to me that the winner here is Tanzania, they know that even if is to go to war they have the the upper hand on us Malawians. the size of their army is bigger than us,the military hardware is more advanced than us ,the military budget of Tanzania is bigger than us , Tanzania can close their ports for Malawi containers and influence Mozambique to do the same.

    then they have the air power ,
    the a accidental president this time is making sense,contact and dialogue,yet with visionary leadership ,Malawi can develop to become a game changer and bring all our neighboring countries to jealous. let Malawi become one ,let there be equity in wealthy redistribution a mong all tribes .with a developed unified Malawi we will be able to fight back our enemies

  21. Mzozodo says:

    Way to go APM

  22. bornface mwansambo says:

    the lake is ours no matter what.where were the Taifas all these years? Leave us with the lake,you have ports with you which brings money for your nation.Dont be selfish.God will punish u

  23. Lucy says:

    Breath slow munthu wankulu. Sakuziwa kuti Malawi ndiotani.

  24. Mjomba says:

    thats my president, lake malawi is our lake not for the taifas. dziko sagawana.

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