Malawi, Mozambique fish wars on Lake Chiuta

Malawi-Mozambique fish wars on Lake Chiuta refuse to die as Mozambican fishermen continue practicing illegal fishing in the lake assisted by armed soldiers.

A fisher man carrying Chambo

This was revealed recently by the Lake Chiuta Fish Association during an interface meeting held with the Department of Fisheries staff, Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats (Fish) Project officials and other stakeholders.

Chairperson of Lake Chiuta Fish Association, Matias Mainala said, so far, three people have survived gun shoots, a development he said is putting the lives of Malawi fishermen and other officials at risk.

“Lake Chiuta is our gold here but what is happening is that some fishermen from Mozambique are also fishing in the Lake on the other side where there is a boundary. This time around they are using Mozambique soldiers whom they corrupt only to protect them when fishing in the Lake,” said Mainala adding that discussions are currently underway between Malawi and Mozambique to reverse the trend.

Commenting on the matter, Machinga District Fisheries Officer (DFO), George Mwadzaangati confirmed that the disagreements between Malawi and Mozambique fishermen started way back but said progress is being made to sort out the differences.

Mwadzaangati said in 2016, a high powered Malawi delegation went to Mozambique on the same matter where a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on how to work together and end the differences.

“We meet twice every year with the Mozambique team to discuss this matter since it is serious in nature and considering how Mozambique fishermen are conducting their businesses in Lake Chiuta,” he said.

On his part, Deputy Director of Fisheries in the department of Fisheries, Dr Steve Donda said the fishing matter between Malawi and Mozambique only requires understanding on the part of Mozambique saying discussions between the two countries will continue until the disagreements are over.

Lake Chiuta plays a significant role in the lives of people that have surrounded the lake using it as their source of food and income.

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13 thoughts on “Malawi, Mozambique fish wars on Lake Chiuta”

  1. bingu says:

    who can rule this poor Malawi? if we r fairing let them share coz Iwo akubwela ndi mfuti dziko mwana inu mukuti zokambilana home affairs ilikuti? nanga mfutizanu zilikuti? muzilora zithu chonchi pomwe Iwo thy I don’t like peace but guns wake up malawi

  2. Mwembe says:

    Where is the boundary? In the lake or land? If it’s land, Mozambicans shud stay not even be allowed to step on Malawian soil. Can the Minister of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs take up the issue urgently.

  3. Malawian says:

    Ayi koma atatu ako,

  4. sufyaan says:

    Shee malawi wapezekadi

  5. winston msowoya says:

    Malawians,two wars at the same time,you are playing? Just get used to it.For Mozambique,you could have started when it was under the fascists’rule of the Portuguese,why now under black government? Do you know that the combined armed forces of the two giant nations,are about 100,000 soldiers with battle-hardened experience.By the way,why do you always prefer physical confrontations? Do you know that Tanzania and Mozambique are very close to each other than Malawi in the sense that Tanzania strongly supported Mozambique’s liberation war with blood and finances while,Malawi joined forces with the Portuguese fascists.wakeup mbuli!!!

  6. Maxwell says:

    Y Malawi government doesn’t burn the Mozambiqueans to do fishing in lake chiuta

  7. pathfinder says:

    headless chicken president ndi amako!

    1. Malawian says:

      Ayi koma atatu ako, abale ako, malume ako, plus iweyo. Nonse opanda mitu!

  8. igwe says:

    eeeeeeh.ndi mozambique tu.mufuna mufere nsomba?kkkkkkk

  9. Tikondane Vega (writer), you have created ambiguity with your title. The best wording could have been “Malawi, Mozambique Fishing Wars on Lake Chiuta”. If you say Malawi, “Mozambique Fish Wars on Lake Chiuta”, you are giving the impression that fish from Malawi and Mozambique are fighting on Lake Chiuta. But it is the activities of fishing that are in conflict and the fish.

  10. Tilirede says:

    If it is true about all this stupid actions of the Mozambicans!!!! Why not sending our own soldiers over there to teach them a big lesson!!!

  11. Dzino says:

    Kkkkkkk where are our soldiers they are guarding makala and maize smuggling. Send our soldiers to show these Mozambicans chimbenene nkhanza too much anthu amenewa why are authorities sleeping on this issue is it because there is no oil in Lake Chiuta

  12. Malawian says:

    Ndiye Malawi wapezekatu! Uku Mozambique, mbali inayi Tanzania, Sheeee! These two countries are just greedy as Mozambique has the ocean & Tanzania too has the ocean & Lake Tanganyika. Ndiye with a headless chicken president we have, Malawi ali pa mpanipani. Kaya zitha bwanji? God have mercy on Malawi

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