Chothia, Karim  implicated in Malawi land grab scandal

Following the deployment from Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development of three senior officials to other ministries startling revelations are emerging implicating two Asian businesspersons Mustaq Chotia and Suleman Ismeal Karim for illegal land transitions.

Remmie Palika: Removed as commissioner of lands and information now leaking on land scam

Government has deployed Commissioner for Lands Killian Palika and his deputy Mohammed Seleman to Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health respectively, while Lands registrar Apendezi Kachiwala has been deployed to Ministry of Local Government.

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Kezzie Msukwa described the deployment as a clean-up move.

Now information is trickling in that  Chotia and Kadiba have not been paying scrutiny fees on so many land they own dubiously and they have failed to abide by the laws which does not allow or permit the sale of undeveloped land.

The duo have got a whole estate in the capital, Lilongwe’s  Area  3 hat belonged to Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) but was transferred into their names.

This land is near the Lilongwe Golf Club and up to now there are serious issues since the paperwork is not ready and complete.

These two bought fenced land belonging to government on Maula Prison road and the land was under MHC. As of now this land is being sold along side another undeveloped land near Mugg and Bean.

Chothia and Kadiba are also involved in five plots in Area 15 that were  allegedly obtained illegally.

“At the Lands offices you will notice that documents and files have gone missing,” a source in the Ministry of Lands told Nyasa Times.

Sources link the removal of Ministry of Lands top officials to be among others linked to the way they worked for Chothia and Kadiba.

Nyasa Times also understands that Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has a docket of Chotia and even the land which he sold after Mchinji round about which is reserved for the road network expansion.

Another investigation is on the land the two sold at Kamuzu Central Hospital Roundabout to the Chinese and others.

The National Anti-Corruption Alliance (NAP) recently tipped Minister of Lands  Kezzie Msukwa and  his deputy Abida Mia  on how to curb systematic corruption surrounding acquisition of land in the country, saying the ministry should introduce stringent measures such as conducting a social audit on land property for each person in the country.

NAP chairperson Moses Mkandawire said there is rampant corruption and the ministry has not been honest enough when allocating land.

He said: “A preliminary report that we carried out some months ago has shown that there is a big problem of corruption in the Ministry of Lands. What has been happening requires social auditing on the assets people have.”

Mkandawire proposed the need for the minister to work with the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the civil society in sealing loopholes in land acquisition in both cities and district councils.

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mtete
mtete
1 month ago

Proposal: The Land Ministry should borrow a leaf from Homeland Security Ministry on how it ordered every Firearm owner go to Police Stations near them.to verify their ownership status. Every land owner should go to designated Land Offices to verify ownership status. This should be followed up with physical inspections in cases where ownership has not been verified. The onus will be on alleged owners to prove ownership. Where this fails the land will be reclaimed. I am sorry to say it but most corruption related criminal activities are attributed to Indians and don’t give me the “Malawians of Asian… Read more »

leslie
leslie
1 month ago

pajatu indians are never arrested in Malawi. Anyemera ma lawyers judges etc and will be back on the streets. Chakwera also look at the old shops in the cites. they need to go

Chautaamalanga
1 month ago

For starters, our Allah or God stopped making additional land.For these foreigners to connive with Ministry of Lands, Blantyre City Assembly and Malawi Housing out of greed and start land grabbing is a sad state of affairs. No Malawian does what they have done in India, Pakistan, Burundi, Nigeria,China etc. What we want the Tonse Alliance government to do is work with these respective institutions, ACB, Ministries of Home Affairs and Justice and temporarily bring back the Forefeiture Act, take back our land which has been illegally obtained so that it reverts to government.This needs to be followed by jailing… Read more »

Benjones
Benjones
1 month ago

City of blantyre is in total mess. It need to overhaul the whole system and more specially remove chanza and his group. They are puppets to Indians or you call Asians

myfriend
myfriend
1 month ago

come to Blantyre city and see how Malemia a mere enforcement agent sales plots. He even sales grave reserves. On top of that apart from working at Blantyre City He has another job with a certain indian who manufactures plastics. He boasts around how he makes money through these illegal deal and says no one can touch him because he is well connected with the boss. I remember Chanza was a decent man before he became CO but now he is the most corrupt guy at Blantyre City where he allocates himself plots and sells them to Indians.

Lou
Lou
1 month ago
Reply to  myfriend

Za Malemia zisiyeni everyone knows he has ma business ake a personal. He is mere enforcement officer as u said and zake ndikuwuza Milandu ya malo that’s why he is famous. Anakulandani mkazi kapena? Malemia ndi wa UTM mudikire nthawi ya dpp pano sigwira.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

Under
MULUZI
MUNTHARIKAS REGIME.
ALL THIS NONSENSE WAW HAPPENING.
NO WONDER TO THEM ALL AND EVERYONE DURING THEIR TIME!!!! WAS ALWAYS PARTYING PARTYING AND PARTYING. BLUE NITES BLUE NITES:
SYSTEM THEY USED TO CALL IT.AND CALLED LOOTERS: WELL WISHIRES.
IDHIOT BASTARDS

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