Government has issued a stern warning that it would grab back all idle land to resell it to new developers after issuing notices to landlords this month.
Minister of Land, Atupele Muluzi, said the government is baffled that huge chunks of land, mostly owned by estates and companies lie idle in the Capital, Lilongwe where demand for land is also extremely high.
“Government will start issuing notices to land developers soon. There is idle land in Areas 13, 16, 19, 43, 17, 41, 46, we will be telling developers to start developing their land or else we will give the land to new developers,” said Muluzi.
He said the process of taking back the land will start as soon as the notices are given and land developers fail to comply with the deadlines set.
Muluzi, the only minister from the United Democratic Front (UDF) in President Peter Mutharika’s 20 member cabinet said all laws would be duly followed before the land grabbing exercise starts.
Some people are blaming weak laws in Malawi that allow foreigners, including Nigerians and refugees to easily access land in Malawi without problems
A land bill, that would restrict foreigners from easily accessing land in Malawi is currently gathering dust somewhere at Capital Hill and when the government decides to bring it to parliament, all the land would have gone to foreigners.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :