The Lake Malawi border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania has not disrupted shipping and port services between the two neighbouring countries, Nyasa Times has learnt.
Mota-Engil consultant and advisor on construction of ports Austin Msowoya told journalists who toured some of the country’s inland ports that with the Lake Shipping and Port Services Agreement the two countries signed, no mishaps have been recorded.
“The border dispute hasn’t affected shipping and port services between the two countries in anyway,” said Msowoya.
He said that Mota-Engil will use about US$2 million to rehabilitate some of the country’s major inland ports including the one in Chilumba, Karonga district.
During the tour, journalists noticed a Tanzanian ship offloading goods at the Nkhata Bay port.
Tanzania claim to half the lake – Africa’s third biggest – but Malawi disputes. The matter is currently under mediation but President Joyce Banda has hinted that if not resolved by September 30, Malawi will got to ICJ.
According to published report, revered British judge Professor Rosalyn Higgins, QC, former ICJ head gave a legal opinion which concludes that Malawi owns the entire lake.
The Lake Malawi border dispute flared up when the Malawi government expressed interest to drill oil in the third largest fresh African lake.