Abida Mia resolves Mpemba land wrangle

Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Abida Mia  has said following investigations it has been established that there was no suspicious dealing in disposing of the  contentious public land issue in Mpemba, Blantyre, which was reported to have been dubiously acquired by some government officers and other private developers for residential purposes.

Abida Mia: Matter has been settled

Mia said the land at Mpemba’s Staff Development Institute (SDI)  was disposed of after following the due process.

SDI—formerly Mpemba Staff Training College—is a training, consulting and research government institution based at Mpemba and was established in 1962 as the training arm of the country’s Civil Service.

It is administratively placed under the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRMD) and Development in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).

Mia said she has settled the matter on the land initially designated for the construction of Mpemba  Community Hospital to replace Mpemba Health Centre, saying she discussed with the minister Kezzie Msukwa who instructed her to “promptly act.”

“So I rolled into action to get to the bottom of the issue,” she said.

The deputy minister explained that in 2018, upon advice from the district health office (DHO), the Blantyre District Commissioner’s office requested Ministry of Agriculture to swap the said land with the one closer to where the health centre is situated.

“Two hectares of land was offered next to the health centre and the land that was initially meant for the community hospital was subdivided and distributed to 28 private developers, some of whom have developed  their plots while others are yet to start,” she said.

Mia said just across the health centre, there is four hectares which they have asked the Blantyre DC’s office to offer to the hospital in case ‘there will need for further extension.”

The deputy minister said the swapping of the land  “made a lot of sense.”

Mpemba, which is one of the fastest growing places in Blantyre, has been entangled in land disputes for some time.

Last year, SDI management was surprised to note that a private developer Dr Smart Chokhotho of Lilongwe  was  demarcating plots at the site and selling them to individuals without the college’s knowledge.

The allocation of SDI land to private developer did not only surprise SDI management, but surrounding chiefs too who have since lodged a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to institute a probe on how Chokhotho acquired the land.

The disgruntled chiefs include Group Village Heads (GVH) Somba (who is also acting Traditional Authority Somba), Duncan and Mkwapatira and Village Head (VH) Jiya and Ziboda.

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Tonse
Tonse
4 months ago

Exactly the problem with the Mia’s. Publicity is like food and pomp is like jazz. Calm down Madam Mia. You have a boss who should be telling us the facts about this land

Kuswa Kuswa
4 months ago

Is it the duty of this idiot?

ERUTU
ERUTU
4 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Yes 🥰

Nyoni
Nyoni
4 months ago

In other words, she just came to confirm the Dpp government, did nothing wrong on this issue. Keep it moving. Nothing to see here, just another Tonse alliance gimmick

Macholowe
Macholowe
4 months ago

A minister acting as a land tribunal? Hmmm……

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
4 months ago
Reply to  Macholowe

Looking for limelight

ERUTU
ERUTU
4 months ago
Reply to  Macholowe

Of course yes 💪🏿

benty smart
4 months ago

nice updates mama, i admire your working energy and shrewdness

Samuel Chilenje
Samuel Chilenje
4 months ago

The land belongs to SDI. I choose to defer. Mai acquired some land at Mpemba where she is doing some businesses. Who knows maybe the family of Mia or friends are also amongst the beneficiaries of the land in question. A Minister can not be a TRIBUNAL. Ministers are there to facilitate government policies. We need further investigation by an independent and a competitive body.

Kasoan
Kasoan
4 months ago

If a minister does not act as tribunal who else will?

Kuswa Kuswa
4 months ago
Reply to  Kasoan

Makaladi inu mwatikwana.

ERUTU
ERUTU
4 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Wasankho iwe kaapita ku South Africa 🇲🇼

Madalo
Madalo
4 months ago
Reply to  Kasoan

Bambo ake a SAMUEL CHILENJE , ngati alipo !

Andy
Andy
4 months ago

There is no resolving of the problem here. The minister is supporting corruption in this case. Sq

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