Expert says controversy continues to surround land issues in Malawi

Despite Parliament passing land related bills to ensure proper land management in Malawi, controversy over land ownership across the country has not gone away, an expert on land related issues has said.

Cassim Idana – a man whose land was snatched by miners in Balaka

Dean for the Faculty of Built Environment at the Polytechnic Rodrick Chilipunde said this on Wednesday at the start of a three day conference on national land governance in Blantyre.

Chilipunde observed that since Parliament passed land related bills such as the customary and physical planning bills among others, the country has not adopted best practices on land governance.

“We expected that the passing of land related laws will bring positive results in as far as land governance is concerned but people are just selling their huge hectares of land at very cheap prices and even worse, to foreigners,” Chilipunde said.

He said land remains a critical element in the attainment of sustainable development and there is need to ensure that it is properly allocated to and managed for the betterment of Malawians.

He disclosed that the college through the faculty intends to carry out a scientific research on land governance to explore the root cause and also outline possible solutions to the problem.

“The research will engage people’s views on land related issues that are happening in their respective areas and from the study, we shall explore and sensitize the masses on the best practices in as far as land governance is concerned,” he said.

In his keynote address, Professor Blessings Chinsinga from Chancellor College said there is need to have anuncontested legal framework to guide land transactions as one way of resolving land related issues in the country.

The National Land Conference has been organized by the Polytechnic, a constituent college under the University of Malawi.

The three-day conference is being held under the theme ‘Land Governance, a key to sustainable development in Malawi.

The meeting is expected to come up with resolutions based on research papers will be presented about land related governance.

The conference intends to share experiences on land governance in Africa, engage with partners in land management and also engage in policy debate of land governance in Malawi.

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Nganiza Muthulika
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Amwenye says land is theirs money theirs. Before they were saying opositive. Who are fools here.? Chakwela was right Malawi is ruled and have educated fools who have NO vision for the nation. Kamuzu was the only educated and loved Malawi. Yes he was a dictator but saved the nation from corruption. To day everyone is a thief. Educated are worse. They are parasite who want to get rich not by working hard but stealing. Since the whole blod shit government is thieves they are not convicted so corrupion continues. Change the thieves.

Nganiza Muthulika
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Land is sold kwa mwenye. Some land sold ln areas which is good to build. Samama hotel what was The government thinking to sell that place for hotel? What will happen when u want to expend the road? Dont u have heads to use u Malawians? Banda anakatamangisa a mwenye.

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