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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :