CSOs to gang up for land justice on Mustaq Chothia and Suleiman Karim

Some civil society groups have said they will gang up to see the logical conclusion of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  investigations  on how a Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) land in Area 3 in Lilongwe was sold to two businesspeople, Mustaq Chothia and Suleiman Ismail Karim.

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The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) asked ACB to probe the matter in  a letter dated August 5 2020 signed by HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence and national coordinator Luke Tembo.

However, Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI) executive director  Silvester Namiwa and Malawi Watch director Billy Banda said they are closely following the matter.

“We will work with other interested human rights defenders to ensure there is land justice,” said Namiwa.

Nyasa Times understands  that Chothia and Karim wrongfully got hold of the Kanjewe deceased estate land in Area 43   and sold to Asians at K150 million each on three plots amounting to K450 million.

The documents seen by Nyasa Times show they were drafted by Mr Chifomboti of Ministry of Lands.

There are also shoddy dealings with plots in Area 9 in Lilongwe namely; 9-89; 9-161 and 9-430.

The ACB  is being persuaded to investigate in conjunction with Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on the  development funding and where the town houses were sold and who prepared the valuation report.

The HRDC which were the first to blow the whistle, further alleges that Chothia and Karim were also dubiously awarded land near Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout, Lilongwe’s Area 15 and Area 3 as well as plots opposite Lilongwe Labour Offices.

“HRDC has also information that there have been many suspected cases by some Ministry of Land officials awarding land without following proper procedures,” said the coalition in their letter.

HRDC further wants a probe on Ministry of Land officials who have sold government land without proper procedures at Choma Hatchery in Mzuzu, Mpemba Staff Development Institute (SDI) land in Blantyre and part of Maula Prison land in Lilongwe’s Area 6.

In addition, some of the government land that has been sold without proper procedures include Ministry of Agriculture’s department of Health land along Chileka Road in Blantyre, Bwemba Hatchery in Lilongwe and Department of Veterinary land in Mpemba, Blantyre.

ACB  is being tasked to carry  investigations on the reported cases earnestly.

Last week, government redeployed three top senior officials from Lands Department to other ministries in what Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Kezzie Msukwa described as a “clean-up exercise”.

Malawi ranks among African countries with rising cases of ‘land grabbing’ despite the existing land legislations on proper land management, governance and best practices.

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Benjones
Benjones
3 months ago

Mama Mia where are you. You made so much noise in the beginning. Have you been palmed together with your boss. You were very quick to go admire the house for Patel. You know even the people who built that house were Indians.most of the land owned by Asians is acquired through CORRUPTION.

No Arrests of Mwenyes
No Arrests of Mwenyes
3 months ago

Can we Malawians please get this right since when Bakili Muluzi / UDF won the first multi party election in 1994, then through the rule of Bingu, Joyce Banda and Peter $1.3 billion Mutharika NO Indian or white skinned person has ever been arrested or questioned with serious intent of charging then for corruption or any other crime. In fact during the last few days of his rule Bakili Muluzi whom Indians considered an “honorary Indian” an freed an Indian-held in prison. There is no way that under this Tonse of Chakwera and SKC that an Indian or a white… Read more »

Corruption free malawi
3 months ago

Beef up the ACB team otherwise there is too much on their table. The land opposite lilongwe MRA stretches to njewa belongs to one indian from india. How is that possible. Malawians should be suffering land issues in their mothers land? Can malawians get land in india? Let’s get back our land from these scrupulous indians. Idi Amin did well to chase them. Mtundu wa anthu oipa

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