Mediators in the ownership wrangle of Lake Malawi have proposed a resource-sharing agreement between Malawi and Tanzania governments.
The two countries will discuss the proposal as the mediators believe that economic integration is the solution on the matter.
The move was proposed by the two former heads of state meditating the dispute, former Mozambican president Joaquim Chisano and former South African president Thabo Mbeki during the last African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Malawi’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister George Chaponda confirmed the development but said the decision does not mean government has changed its stance on ownership of the lake.
He said Malawi and Tanzania technocrats have been told to “do their homework on the issue and come
up with a way forward.”
Chaponda said the stand of President Peter Mutharika is that Lake Malawi is “non negotiable” but government need to “find out if Tanzania has abandoned their claim to the Lake.”
He said Malawi will seek clarification during the yet to be scheduled meeting of the technocrats.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :