Court settles land wrangle in Lilongwe, locals vow to defy court order

A farm land investor has won a fierce court battle with locals who invaded his 166 hectare of land in Lilongwe.

Judge Kenyattta Nyirenda has ruled in favour of Muhammad Manani as a rightful owner of over 166 hectares of land under controversy in Chitipi, Lilongwe.

However, the locals have vowed to continue constructing their structures despite the court ruling.

The High Court in Lilongwe has ruled in favour of Muhammad Manani as a rightful owner of over 166 hectares of land under controversy in Chitipi, Lilongwe.

In a default judgment, Justice Kenyatta Nyirenda has further granted a permanent injunction restraining villagers from entering or trespassing into the land.

Nyirenda has also ordered the police to enforce the court order as the defendants did not show up at the court to defend themselves.

But the villagers are still adamant maintaining they will continue erecting structures on the land in question.

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Justice for all
Justice for all
2 months ago

Shame justice has been served but the question should go to the government to investigate this nature of a foriegners to have that much land and also how he get it pls am not trying to be a natoinalist but villagers shouldn’t suffer in the hands of government

Solobu
Solobu
2 months ago

That’s good though lol

Benjones87
Benjones87
2 months ago

This is very unacceptable. A foreigner can not be allowed tobuy just a huge piece of land. Its belongs to Malawian.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe
2 months ago

This is judge Nyirenda, the good one kkkkkkkkkkk

Erik P
Erik P
2 months ago

Poor countries have this constant friction between needing investment in the country, and protecting land and jobs for nationals. Within 5 years Malawi could be a wealthy country: simply allowing whoever wanted to come here to live here and allowing an open market for land purchases and businesses. But then the majority poorly educated low income Malawians would not be able to compete and would leave. A problem is that low income, low investment communal living cannot compete with capitalism. People in Malawi cannot simultaneously complain of poverty and that their way of life is changing. It’s a choice.. accept… Read more »

Kuduhunter
Kuduhunter
2 months ago
Reply to  Erik P

Agreed we need investment and growth etc but we need to be careful who the investors are and their motives these kind of investors have only invested in that land for their own profit what ever comes out of that land be it a shop or farm the money will be sent back to their own country investing it there while the labourers/employees on that land will be paid peanuts and will never get out of poverty 99% of indians , pakistanis etc are only there to make that money out of poor Malawians and sent to their country of… Read more »

Anduge
Anduge
2 months ago
Reply to  Erik P

For those who’ve purchased land so far, what have they done to add to the economic growth, apart from constructing and selling houses or warehouses?

Whiplash
Whiplash
2 months ago
Reply to  Anduge

What have Malawians done so far? Show me a wholley owned Malawian company not parastals but a privately owned company that has made a significant difference to this country and the continent as a whole.

Yeps
Yeps
2 months ago

It can only be wa diso la ng’ala kenyayya. Some judges are jst a disgrace to the profession

Jigidijigidi Jaba
Jigidijigidi Jaba
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeps

What’s your point? What wrong has the judge committed for you to insult his disability? The People willingly sold him the land and they realize they goofed and now want to get the land back without refunding him his money and you find that normal? The judge just mated out justice according to the law. You are the one who is a disgrace and wa diso lang’ala. Maso ulinawo koma suwona…

chaiwone wawo
2 months ago

what the hell was he purchasing all that land for. Amalawi why do we allow foreigners buy land here

KWANTERE
KWANTERE
2 months ago

Vuto simmwenyeyu ayi. vuto ndiamene anamugulitsa koyambilirako. Amalawi tikamangogulitsa malo mwachibwana kwa anthu obwelawa tidzalira tsiku lina. Ndi ana athu omwe adzasowa pokhala ndithu.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

What ??? Are you joking here ? Some foreigner holds 165 Hect of prime land in Malawi ??? This is reckless as a country… villagers keep on encroaching it is your land..just let him leave within the confines of his estate house if he has any….land to the people and for the people

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
2 months ago

When it comes to land issues involving foreigners, the courts need to trade carefully. No one adheres to any judgement that is viewed as counter revolutionary. I see the same happening against this judgement.

Whiplash
Whiplash
2 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Courts should not be manipulated into your revolutionary thinking. There is a reason why its called a court because it’s there to provide justice,and just because it has not gone the way you wanted it go don’t play the victim or nationalist card. It’s the same court that earned a globalised praise for serving justice in the election case but however we if we are to taste a sweet beer during happiness then we should also learn to taste a bitter pill and the truth is that.

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