HRDC to mobilise Malawi citizenry for demos over land grabs

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has warned government that it will mobilised the citizenry to take to the streets and protests the land grabs if government does not reverse any dubious transactions in relation to the sale of Livimbo School in Lilongwe within five days.

Mtambo (centre) and HRDC officials: Given government five days 

The five-day ultimatum follows revelations by the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament that apart from Livimbo School, other schools  like Chimutu, Chilambula, New Shire and Magwero in Lilongwe have also had their land encroached by some developers.

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, HRDC said it is alarmed with the rate and scale at which authorities have allowed the dubious sale of public and prime land to the disadvantage of many Malawians.

“We at HRDC understand that the Livimbo land scandal is just [a tip of] an iceberg of the rot that has infested the management, sale and distribution of public land in Malawi,” reads a statement signed by HRDC leaders Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence.

The rights defenders said they are “dismayed but not surprised” with revelations that those that have been entrusted with authority to manage land on behalf of the citizenry are abusing the delegated powers with “reckless abandon” solely for their selfish and individual aggrandisement.

“We demand that this transaction be reversed within five days failing which we will mobilise Malawians and take to the streets to vent our anger against this malpractice,” reads the statement.

The coalition has also said if the issue is not resolved, they will call for the resignation of  Minister  of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Symon Vuwa Kaunda.

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Beyond100days
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Beyond100days

If your organisation had been responsible for identifying this malpractice yes go and demo but if the government is the one demanding an explanation, WHY IS YOUR USELESS CHARITY ORGANISING DEMO??

Che Peter
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HRDC not fit for purpose , they are always on the side of negativity ,preferring destructive demonstrations instead of positive engagement in order to propel our country forward.

Raymond
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Raymond

Good people are turning into bad because of the bad goverment which we have right now! if the president is thief everyone who follows him will be a thief. The leadership we have right now is full of cowards and stupidity thats why all these ministers are doing whatever doing because that Animal we call president. Let me assure you Malawians we will develop this Country if we hung on this Old weakness Animal we call president. Let’s react before things gets bad.

nyakwawa
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nyakwawa

kkkkkk koma Mtambo chitsiru cha munthu

Isaac
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Isaac

Ma demo sioyipa koma don’t just demonstrate because it is your constitutional right. There was the issue of child labour on tobacco farms and we don’t know whether those kids will benefit from the court case in the UK, Malawians are living in appalling conditions under Chinese in SA, undocumented Malawians are leaving the country in their droves because of abject poverty mmamidzimu. Shouldn’t HRDC be heard to be saying something about it?

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

THE BENEFIT IS THE US BAN ON MALAWI TOBACCO, ARE U HAPPY?

THOSE PURSUING SUCH CASES SHOULD’VE CONSULTED BEFORE ACTING, THEY SUED BRITISH – AMERICAN TOBACCO (BAT).

GUYS, ALITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS!!

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

Now, now, now, hrdc whom are you representing on this issue? The governance machinery has already systems in place. Within the three arms of govt, there is the legislature that has committes and the issue of these land matters is already in tge hands of relevant committees including the mp for the area, pta, dem and others. So what hrdc should do is to build the capacities of these committees up to the vdc level or block level so that there are no loopholes in the management of infrastructures up to community level. A hrdc mademo tatopa nawo or else… Read more »

Lego
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Learn to appreciate something when we have people representing you for the voiceless citizens.What government machinery are you talking about here?Its not the very same government machinery who are selling lands?

Mu Yao
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Mbwiye is an idiot. Land is a human rights issue. As citizens we are entitled for shelter. If all the land will be grabbed by foreigners Malawians will be landless. Zimbabwe is where it is now because of land issue. South African is failing to reverse the land to the rightful black people. So if you cant see this as a problem then you are an idiot. How can you explain on a Nigerian, Rwandan, Burundian owning hectares of land when locals don’t have? If this can not be reversed now, after 100 yrs it will never be reversed.

Mwenethengere
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Mwenethengere

Even along the roads, people have encroached road shoulders. This is a much bigger problem that needs a real and lasting solution. Not Timothy Ntumbo’s and his stupid HRDC mickey mouse demos.

Bomley
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Bomley

I think you are talking nonsense

Clive
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Clive

I think you are headless dick

mada k
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inunso ndiye mwaluza track aaaaaaah amalawi anali pambuyo panu koma mwachulutsa zibwana

Test
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Test

Kusowa zochita. Obviously we are waiting for the warehouses to be demolished. Why don’t you keep yourselves busy tracing the Malawians that are being sold into slavery by the Chinese. Now that fits Human rights defenders.

Mu Yao
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The reversal must be for all the land that these Amwenyes have stolen. Land is critical issue. Zimbabwe is where it is today because of land issue. If not handled correctly it will have consequences in the future. SA is struggling with the same land reversal. And our teppex government is giving away for free.