Tanzania DC calls for joint development planning with Malawi

District Commissioner for Ileje District, in Tanzania, Rosemary Staki Senyamule has said Ileje and Chitipa Districts can easily attain socioeconomic growth if the two districts engage in joint planning and implementation of development programmes which intend to address similar challenges impinging on the people of the two sides.

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She made the remarks Wednesday during New Year’s cerebrations held at Chitipa Secondary School Hall at Chitipa Boma.

Senyamule said the need to execute development projects jointly cannot be over emphasized because she observed that multiple challenges that frustrate socioeconomic growth of Ileje and Chitipa Districts are the same.

Ileje District, situated to the South East of Tanzania, is separated from Chitipa District by Songwe River, which also serves as an international boundary between Tanzania and Malawi.

Similar cultures and traditions, intermarriages and illegal and legal cross border trade are some of key issues that bond people of the two districts.

Absence of viable and sustainable markets and poor road network to link the two districts to economically established districts and towns are to a larger extent blamed for underdevelopment in the two districts.

Senyamule then coaxed planers in infrastructure development projects from the two districts to go to the drawing board to plan for the construction of Mpemba-Isongole (Ileje side) and Mbirima -Chitipa Road, to link the two districts to Tanzara Railway Line and a high way to towns of Mbeya in Tanzania and Lusaka in Zambia and beyond.

“Once this road is constructed, Ileje and Chitipa Districts will open up and this will help to boost the economic growth of the two border and isolated districts,” said the focused lady DC.

She said the road project can easily be financed by World Bank, IMF and other donors affiliated to the development of African countries, through the Regional Window.

Said Senyamule, “Resources from Regional Window are used to support projects jointly implemented by two countries as long as it is evident the projects intend to serve the interests of people of the two countries.”

Her counterpart, Chitipa District Commissioner, Grace Zione Chirwa hailed the cordial relationship flourishing between the two districts which she said has to be promoted for the continued benefit of people of the two sides.

Chirwa said people of the two districts are one, going by their cultures and traditions and other aspects of life adding that no element have the potential to put them apart.

“Let me urge the people of the two districts to continue living together as people from one family. Let us not be betrayed by international boundary imposed to us by colonial maters for their administrative and political purposes,” said Chirwa.

Chirwa was, however, non committal to suggestions by Senyamule to engage technocrats of the two districts to start planning for the construction of the road which runs from Mpemba to Chitipa because the council hands are tied up on the matter.

She said decisions and plans to implement high class infrastructure projects rests in the hands of National Road Authority (NRA) which takes orders from central government.

Earlier,  Malawi Presidential Advisor on youth affairs, Nick Aladini Masebo asked people of the two districts to take advantage of their cordial relationship to promote develop in their respective areas.

Masebo, a former MP for Chitipa North Constituency, situated right at the boundary with Tanzania, observed that much as people of the two districts are committed to work and business, most of the areas are seriously underdeveloped.-Mana

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24 thoughts on “Tanzania DC calls for joint development planning with Malawi”

  1. Bololo Wachitumbuka says:

    What? Be unit with TZ? Forsake u TANZANIANS GO to hell. U can not manage to steal our resources, we wil boom on u idiots. Mwxiii

  2. BBC says:

    Here we go… Tanzania must take the entire northern region, Mozambique should go for the entire southern region and some parts of central region, then Zambia should invade central districts. The sharing of Malawi has began. Our neighbours are taking advantage of our internal disunity and regionalism.

  3. martha says:

    I like the lady’s idea. I hope instead of just sayi g blablabla, national roads authority, bla bla bla, cengal government, the Chitipa DC should engage tne Chitipa MPs in a round table discussions and look at her counterpart’s suggestion. Let them formulate an argument which can then be presented to the Malawk Parliament. Let the country c how such a project will benefit the people of Chitipa, Rumphi and beyond. Besides akuti world bank suppirts such things.
    our DC has the same mediocrity problem thats plaquing many other malawians. Ms. Grace, gendena, tulumani mu malawi, kawoneni zitukuko za mayiko ena then maybe, just maybe u will be passionate about development as the other lady is. Do you think in Tanzania she is the one who decides on such projects? She is asking u to joing her in the efforts to push our governments to buy the proposed idea. Ur Zambian counterpart too.
    wake up

  4. mbangombe says:

    Let’s support good initiatives. Let’s not talk like people without heads. This Tanzanian DC has a vision that can help uplift lives people living in these districts and later on Nationally. Why should blank minds continue to detour development? We to look into the suggestions offered by tz dc and go around it. We don’t have to block development initiatives as if we that may see the two districts flourish. Is it jealous like quota system. Then provide alternatives if you can. I know of very poor relationship between mozambique and malawi; that’s not healthy. We don’t have to live like dogs and cats. May be that’s why people call for federalism so people can initiate development activities other than government. Let’s support these people. Can government please take up the suggestions offered and do something. Our dc can spearheaded this through other forums.

  5. ntondo says:

    next year ndiku ileje this is an annual event agalu inu.udani Wa tz ndi capital hill life sumatikhudza.sitinayambe lero izi

  6. popi says:

    bidoha and dadaboma, you are stupid!

  7. U southerner don’t comment silly comments here evrybdy, of dis side of Malawi z supporting the, move kaya ndiza mafuta kaya za nyanja za ife kuno so shut up you foolz, bravo Chitipa and Ilenje

  8. Political Analyst says:

    Tanzania is many times bigger than Malawi,Apart from having several ports on Indian ocean coast, it has more lakes than Malawi including Lake Tanganyika which is bigger than the Lake Nyasa itself.Yet surprisingly their red eyes are jealously fixing on our small country,small lake,small natural resources etc. What snakes in the reeds!Asatipusitse DC ameneyo.Akagwere kwa ambwiyake konko.Kudelera ndiye kwakula basi.Zoti anthufe ndi amodzi awona lero?Kwagwanji?Tilemekezane.Nanunso a Masebo ndi abale anuwo ku Chitipako mwayambanji?Mwawona mano agalu, nanunso muli mwee-e mwati galu akukusekelerani…mudzadzidzimuka mutalumidwa.Wamisala sapalana naye ubwenzi!!!

  9. nyayo says:

    We need to revisit our relations with countries like Tanzania. These people are so kind to us but we don’t seem to reciprocate. Most of our kinsmen in Chitipa are supported by TZ, talk of Water, schools, business, name them.

  10. This TZ DC is wise unlike our chitipa DC. Malawi can benefit a lot from Tanzala railway route. This can easily connect us to DRC zambia and Tz.

  11. Bidoha says:

    You malawian you must understand, the lake nyasa was not created by the people of malawian, or uk, or german, neither is not man made lake. So both country must enjoy the resources of lake equally. You cannot say Tanzania are aggressor. What about UK they control Falkland island in Argentina, thousand of miles away. Is much better Tanzania who were drinking and fishing even before what you like to call Heligoland Treaty. We must share the lake nyasa no matter what! That is gift from god for Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique, not only for Malawi.
    Shame Malawi.

    1. Dude we r not tokin of lake malawi here….direction lost by u….consult ur philosophy b4 mekin unplaced comments

  12. dadaboma says:

    DC of TZ looks more knowledgeable about her local problems and willing to deal with them while DC for MW says her hands are tied to initiate local development of her district because planning for such local projects is done centrally in Lilongwe. Can you see why TZ has developed much more than MW which is lagging behind all its neighbors for 50 years? Can you see why federation is a catalyst for local development? TZ is a federal govt where local issues are planned and dealt with at local levels. On the other hand, Chitipa, very far from Lilongwe has to wait for Lilongwe to plan developments for it. What a retarding scenario for MW! I suggest 2 things;
    1. Federalism should come quickly to Malawi so that we too can develop.
    2. Northern Lake Malawi should be divided into two halves so that our TZ friends should enjoy half of the lake because this lake is an international water body belonging to 3 countries of MW, TZ and MOZ. It appears our TZ friends are wishing MW well and wanting to see MW develop just like TZ has done, but MW is greedy. MW’s greed is so big that it refuses everything: Federation, NO; Share Lake Malawi equally with TZ, NO; Share the country’s resources equally between its regions, NO; Don’t steal govt resources, NO. Stop the discriminatory quota system, NO… We people of the northern Malawi are so tired of this MW govt that we implore TZ to invade the north and annex this region to TZ, much like Russia has done with Ukraine’s Crimea region. Pls TZ take northern Malawi to correct a historical mistake – this region was previously TZ’s.

  13. watchout MALAWI. with this forsake people how long they has been there and what makes them today to come out with this rejoining among two district, heiii MALAWI is MALAWI tz is tz plz don’t take us as foolish people. shut up

  14. Rm says:

    Development of all infrastructures reading to countries beneficiaries must be accepted and be done if chances funds are able.


    Similar cultures and traditions, intermarriages, trade, ..beautiful!
    Ileje-Chitipa Highway – good proposal.

  16. misuku says:

    the party was massive. pple drank and ate to their heart’s content

  17. Collaboration at both local and international levels is key to sustainable development. The two DCs did a commendable thing to bring together peoples from two sister countries. We needed the two roads yesterday for the economic development of the two countries. Malawian DC should not be afraid to speak what her people want. Let the government listen and begin attempts to do joint development planning. I am for this idea since I come same area. Bravo to the two governments for initiating peaceful coexistence. I will be committed to ensure Malawi government takes a proactive role. Songwe let support this

  18. Young Batile Tikuswera says:

    Nickson Masebo you had your time as MP and now it is Dr. Munthali’s turn. Please give him a break.

    I don’t see any possibility of you making it back to parliament.

    In the unlikely event that you make it I wish you bad luck.

  19. mthako wa alhomwe says:

    Deadly move….watch out

  20. Big brain says:

    He wants to steal oil from the lake

  21. mtila zomba says:

    I think chitipa belongs to tanzania.

  22. Blessing says:

    A very good wishful thinking! But first thing first , lets sort out the Lake Malawi issue then the rest will follow .Tanzania must leave lake Malawi if you want the diplomatic relationship to be cordial. Tanzania is a very selfish nation, they have all the resources more that Malawi yet they still want to grab the little we have from us , Tanzania bullies Malawi again and again , they are thirsty for war ,Tanzania is an aggressor and think we Malawians are stupid . The might Nato forces have failed to defeat Taliban , the sleeping African forces has failed to defeat Ashabab with all their superior weapons . The convention war has changed its no longer by the number of yr army .Tanzania must respect Malawi and we will respect the too .


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