Tanzania says cannot go to war with Malawi over lake: ‘We are cousins’

Outgoing Tanzanian High Commissioner to Malawi Patrick Tsere has commented on the issue of the Lake Malawi border wrangle between Malawi and Tanzania and assured Malawians that his country “will never go to war with Malawi” over the border issue.

Mutharika welcoming Tsere to State House

Mutharika welcoming Tsere to State House

Tsere (L) holding farewell talks to Mutharika

Tsere (L) holding farewell talks to Mutharika

He was speaking at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre when he went to bid farewell to President Arthur Peter Mutharika, at the end of his five-year term as High Commissioner for Tanzania.

The diplomat commended President Mutharika for implementing policies which are aimed at improving the livelihood of Malawians.

Tsere said during his five-year stay in Malawi he was able to follow the country’s political system and events.

He said although there were some political challenges through the transition period, the current administration is creating an impression that things will change for the better.

“Despite facing some resistance and some economic challenges that the country is going through, the Mutharika administration is keen on seeing its people out of economic bondage,” he said.

He said despite the country having political challenges, President Mutharika has put in place policies that will transform the lives of many Malawians.

Commenting on the Lake Malawi – also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania – Tsere assured Malawians that Tanzani cannot fight with Malawi over the border issue.

Tsere said although people from both sides hold the view that they all have a share on the lake, the issue need to be discussed “soberly” so that they reach a common understanding.

He   said Tanzanians are very much aware that “Malawians are very passionate about the lake” and that even the country’s brand name comes from the lake.

“Tanzanians know that Malawians love the lake very much. But we also need to be aware that the border issue has been under discussion since 1967,” he disclosed.

Tsere added: “Tanzania and Malawi has always been talking about this issue but the talks were done quietly. But we have always believed in talking not excessive use of words or thinking about going to war.

“Others were even up in arms, asking why the issue came to light only after Bingu’s death, no, we didn’t even bring it up then, it has a historical process and we were only following up on history.”

Tsere encouraged Malawians and Tanzanians not to fear of a possible conflict due to a disagreement over the border issue.

“Even the statement that “the issue of the lake is not negotiable” [by President Mutharika] is not a hostile statement.” It’s what Malawi feels and we respect that.”

The Tanzanian High Commissioner further said the two leaders are still in touch with the mediator and they seem to be agreeing with the mediator and will soon come to a common conclusion.

“But I can assure you that Tanzania can never go to war with Malawi. We can’t even imagine that we can shoot each other. We are cousins. It’s unthinkable for Tanzania to go to war with Malawi.”

He then advised Malawi and Tanzania to continue having good relations with each other and also work at improving any slight difference they might have.

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30 thoughts on “Tanzania says cannot go to war with Malawi over lake: ‘We are cousins’”

  1. Zangaphe says:

    Kulankhhula kwa munthu wamkulu tiyeni tizilankhula motere osati zomayalutsana pagulu ngati ajawa

  2. Nyamakumutu says:

    Do you think he would have gone there and tell APM that we will go for war to resolve this issue. He had to say all he has said after all Tanzanians are like that. They we shrewd in all they do. They know that they can not win this issue when it goes to ICJ then they are talking nicely but they are not nice from their heart. They play the game with a joker to their chest. Believe you me all this u- turn is for their own advantage. They are shrewd they got all the Maunt Kilimanjaro to themselves and not talking about sharing with Kenya. They have all the resource to themselves name them. Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika etc they are greedy. It’s not about them telling us they that are not going for all we also can decide on our own to go to war with them. Who told them that they can win the war and that we can lose. The issue should be taken to the ICJ and not stopping here.

  3. A Big maN says:

    ok oky oky

  4. CB says:

    omachemba,,do u know the current stand of dis issue ?its resource sharing,,ndiye udolo wa APM ulipati kuti unyoze JB,? follow up dis issue properly uwona kuti malawi and APM sakukamba zomveka pa ‘resource sharing’ and soon and very soon uva kuti tz yatenga mbali ina,,

  5. Alfred Newmann says:

    Well spoken Mr Ambassador. Viewing the lake and what’s in it as a common heritage for African neighbors is far better than preparing for war over it. War destroys what peace builds.

  6. Joyce Banda zidamukanika koma apa ndi amuna okhaokha, that is why nkhani ija yabwerera mwa kale. Mamuna ndi Mamuna baasi.

  7. Samuden Samuel says:

    God Loves People Who Love Each Other. In The Paradise The Country Will be One, No Boarder Will Be Consdered All The People Are Going To Benefit From Any Physical Feature On Earth.

  8. chefourpence says:

    haters get a life! What does a potrait and a flag have to do with the issue at hand? Kamuvuleni hule wanu uja chi nsalu cha paphewa chija.

  9. ri says:

    Politicians share a root underground, they r one, they hav one master, all of dem meet down there & everything that happens is planned and scheduled. u can trust none of them .

  10. hsiuan says:

    how big is tha potrait of the president, and one rule, the president is not supposed to have potrait of himself in his office, its ulter stupidity

  11. Nice k says:

    There is owez peace in surrender….

  12. matthews says:

    No doubt about it,leave our lake alone tz.

  13. Tengupenya says:

    who ever said cousins never fight??? one very populous country once told India that they were sisters; but later attacked. and that country is a friend of TZ.

  14. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    Apa ndiye mwaonatu a tonde okha-okha akakomana, kuti amenyane, akafika pomenyana amakhala atamuchita saizi wina’yo. Akaona kuti onse awili ndi amphamvu, ndiye amaima, fumbi ponse ponse, mitu ndi nyanga zisanakomane.
    Osati mbuzi yachikazi ija, inathawa ziko lathu lino. Sikanatha ngakhale kuima pa mlandu umeneu. Asa.

  15. Zanga Phee! says:

    So give us proper information them to know what is our stand.See my name.

  16. benard banda says:

    Kambani zoona zenizeni mosazungulira.Something fishy is going on here

  17. john says:

    Good to hear and yes we are cousins.Those at State House plz consider removing the Presidential potrait as it is overcrowding but also the two flags are a symbol of the President.You are making the President look like a dictator.

  18. tombolombo says:

    Wakhuta nyama mixed with bananas. The lake belongs to Malawi and it’s not negotiable.

  19. Hastings Chikwenya says:

    Ya manja basi

  20. Parallel Market says:

    Well spoken. Thats what a diplomat should do. Thumbs up!!

    I agree with him. We are just one people. When i visited Dar es Salaam in 2011, i did not notice any difference with Malawi; the food, people, the villages, the way of life, etc. In fact the beautiful girls i met made my stay in Tanzania a memorable one. It was unimaginable for me to think of us fighting.

    Please our leaders solve this issue in a diplomatic way rather than militarily. We are just one people.

  21. D says:

    A There mwalankhula kwambiri. Musatimange mmasambba APA. Chokani bwinobwino.

  22. Siza nkhondonso apa..nyanja ndiyathu…shut up..ni negotiation…olo mujuwona ngati tita pita ku nkhondo mukuwona ngati mungawine…Its Lake Malawi for Malawians not Taifas….

  23. BigMan says:

    “There shall be Peace in out time”. Declared British PM Neville Chamberlain just before Hitler plunged Europe into world war 2.

  24. Pichi says:

    ki ki kiki A Uladi Mussa ndia PP akuti ayitu. Iwo akufuna nkhondo kuti nkhani imeneyi ithe. Koma able.

  25. maurrice says:

    Tsere if you think you are clever forget it,this is Peter he told us that he will do away with you and your friends back home,just pack your bag and go,you mean that Tanzania has been abroke to us since 1967?aaaaa no these time its Peter Peter

  26. Thats a diplomat just doing his work and saying what is supposed to be said by a diplomat.

  27. nana says:

    Malawi we find yaos and tz tongue is Tao we are one

  28. o-deal-o, loot-epo and casa-mbala, limanena lokha dzina la munthu says:

    pusi-pusi ameneyo

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