Chakwera says Lake Malawi border row with Tanzania ‘non-issue’: Prioritises building rapport

President Lazarus Chakwera has said he has agreed with his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli that there was a need to build a good friendship between the two countries first before engaging each other over the border dispute on Lake Malawi, which is potentially rich in oil and gas.

President Chakwera with President Magufuli, says Tanzanian leader has said the Lake Malawi/ Lake Nyasa border is a non-issue

Speaking to journalists at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Thursday after his arrival from Tanzania, Chakwera said he wanted to establish a rapport with Magufuli before raising the issue which he described as sensitive.

“My primary reason for visiting [Tanzania] was really to establish a rapport, to be able , like we said, to build friendship before function so that when we talk about such sensitive issues we talk from the position of friendship, as one people that know each other, not from a position of hostility,” said Chakwera.

Tanzania’s claim to half the lake – Africa’s third biggest – but Malawi disputes that assertion.

Malawi awarded oil exploration licences to foreign companies including Rak Gas to search for oil in the lake, which Tanzania calls Lake Nyasa.

“To put it in the words of President Magufuli, he said this is a non-issue,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera said Malawi and Tanzania have agreed to foster economic cooperation in transport, fisheries, mining, tourism and agricultural sectors.

He thanked Tanzania for availing his landlocked country two ports of Mtwara and Dar es Salaam.

While in Tanzania, Chakwera visited Malawi Cargo Centre in order to appreciate challenges which have been locking the centre currently known as MCC Limited.

The port has been facing numerous challenges due to lack of political will.

Chakwera said the cargo centre is very important and strategic to the country.

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ngaa
ngaa
8 months ago

No Tanzanian will agree on that since I was Std, 30the geography shows lake Nyasa is divided into 2parts. Parts Malawi and tz don’t cheat yourself

ngaa
ngaa
8 months ago

Most of lake between 2to countries the must be on central part of lake so when you say it is Malawi lake no body will understand you suppose it dries half so the border will shrink or increase you have nice diplomatic presdent no Tanzania will accept to lose our lake Nyasa by any means

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
8 months ago

Awa abesa nyanja chifukwa chadyela. How can you say the lake is a non issue? The lake is the single biggest natural resource Malawi has. It is our identity, our most prized asset. Friendship and rapport after the Lake Issue is discussed. That Lake is the single most important hope for unlocking massive economic growth if indeed oil and gas are in it. Apart from tourism and the over 10 thousand different species in it, this lake is our pride.

Mr J Matako
Mr J Matako
8 months ago

But it looks like mulibe nzeru man…. It’s just a name anyway

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

Chizungutu chakuvutani apa……..actually the article says it was Mungufuli who said the lake is a non issue not Chakwera please, read the article again Chakwera was just quoting what Mungufuli said, eeeerh koma abale…..ziliko.

Changu pamalo without even understanding……

goodson
goodson
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

what exactly does he mean by non issue?. It’s on their maps now and is under four biggest asset. Magufuli is a shrewd màn. He obviously knew he would be asked that question but answers it in a dicey way. If he said Its a non issue hence we are removing it from our map. that would be another story. Maybe he means it’s a non issue because he maintains his countries stand.

Tito
8 months ago

Bro Chakwera has no leadership skills it’s just that Malawians we were tired of DPP & its mismanagement

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago

Ulendo wabwino kwambiri Otata you are the best diplomat Nyasaland has ever produced. You don’t engage in fiery stances which at the end of the day you hardly find space for compromise. Ngati mudzitero you won’t be an embarrassment to us as well as the SADC and the continent of Africa. Magufuli made clear that Africa doesn’t have an elder brother whose vision doesn’t include our black continent. All from the West and East are thugs total robbers neocolonialists. Their aid conditions are bent on putting we Africans on the fringes

leggens
leggens
8 months ago
Reply to  CESSPOOL

thug apose okubera nyanja?

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
8 months ago

Tanzania is saying this is no issue because that part of the disputed lake is already their territory. Analanda kale and there is no way Malawi will reclaim it. Chakwera knows it but is just being economical with the truth.
Secondly you journalist learn to verify the facts before publishing. Like this statement “Tanzania’s claim to half the lake…” is misleading and false. Tanzania is claiming half of the lake within its shoreline not half of the whole lake from Karonga to Mangochi.

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
8 months ago

I told you! This guy is not a leader. Agulitsa Nyanja uyu. Simunamvere. This guy is not a leader. Saulosi should have been president. Not this imbecile, daft empty tin of a man. Ti azibutsa tamasiku ano achina Bushiri, is that leadership material?

N one
8 months ago

I first heard about oil kn lake malawi in 1972. And again in the 1980s. …..now the world wants electric vehicles!

Andy
Andy
8 months ago
Reply to  N one

KKKKKKKK. LATE COMERS EAT BONES

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago
Reply to  N one

It’s not jus about oil but most importantly gas as well, which the world and Malawi alike need as a source of energy be it for cooking power generation etc….we have run out of firewood now……

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