Malawi Parliament gives ministry a 3 week ultimatum to reclaim land along Lilongwe river

A parliamentary committee has given the Ministry  of Lands, Housing and Urban Development up to three weeks to get back land along Lilongwe river which it sold to some members of staff and business people.

Chilenga: Unacceptable

Welani Chilenga, chairperson of Lands and Natural Resources Committee of Parliament said it was absurd that the ministry officials sold the land which is the catchment area for Lilongwe Water Board.

“The people have built houses, they have a grave yard, they have a big tank, they have Chinsapo II market, yet this is a catchment area for the Lilongwe Water Board, this is unacceptable,” he said.

Chilenga said the developers have built their structures just five metres away from the river itself.

“This is not only hazardous to the people but to the river as well because this causes high siltation,” he said.

Chilenga said the committee was puzzled that some ministry officials willingly sold the land to some junior staff and business people when they knew this was illegal.

Spokesperson for the ministry, Charles Vintulla, while not commenting on the three week ultimatum, conceded this was a grave mistake some ministry officials made.

“The ministry is also concerned. The ministry does not allocate land in fragile areas,” he said. It is not known if the Lands ministry officials who sold the land along the Lilongwe river banks will face disciplinary action.

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10 thoughts on “Malawi Parliament gives ministry a 3 week ultimatum to reclaim land along Lilongwe river”

  1. DOBO says:

    This country need to reordered as everything is in disorder with almost everyone is in disorder.If Democracy can not fix this disorder,let us try War.By the way,does Government of Malawi knows the foregners have gone as far as rule areas buying land.

  2. Maliseni says:

    THE FLOODING IN LILONGWE MUST BE A WORK UP CALL. EVEN BUYERS MUST BE MINDFUL OF THE FUTURE. THE RAINS WILL NEVER STOP COMING BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS BUILT A MANSION. TODAY WE MAY HAVE PROPERTY DESTROYED, TOMMOROW IT COULD BE HOUSES WASHED AWAY. THE 2015 INCISENT OF BLANTYRE WHERE A MANSION WAS WASHED AWAY MUST BE A LESSON TO ALL BUYERS. LET US IGONER SUCH AREAS AND BUY IN UPLAND AREAS.

    MAALWIANS LET US TAKE THESE PAINFUL LESSONS SERIOUSLY.

  3. Siyani kugona says:

    What does the law say on land ownership? I remember PP under JB passed a law that no foreigner should own. Has DPP reversed this? Atupele Muluzi shud issue a statement on this. If they not allowed to own land, then all lease agreements given to foreigners shoule be cancelled. No foreigners should own land. Zander Mutiuze is right. In Zambia foreigners cannot own land. In South Africa it’s the same thing. For example, we don’t want to see or hear indians or foreigners owning plots in Area 43. Politicians please stop being sleepy. One day we will wake up to find a large chunk of the land under foreign ownership. BURUNDIANS and RWANDANS are establishing businesses in rural areas. Nx time you will hear they own land. Yet these people come as reguees. By buy land they want to stay for good. Can govt truck these people.

  4. james says:

    MINISTRY OF LANDS STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED PEOPLE WHO CAN MONITOR THESE CROOKS. KUDOS TO PARLIAMENT

  5. Charles wa Mndondo says:

    It’s in the social media pictures everywhere – the excessive flooding in Mtandile, Area 47 Sector 4 and Area 49. If it was a wrong to allocate plots along the buffer zones of the rivers in towns, let the relevant authorities normalise the anomaly by reclaiming those plots back for the rivers and reallocate other plots to concerned people accordingly! Otherwise it is a time bomb resulting from poor land management practices. Authorities please act! By-laws are there to safeguard sanity in society.

  6. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    How many cities if any apart from our own Blantyre & Lilongwe have catchment areas for their water supply within the city? Even if you now go ahead demolishing structures built in fragile areas urbanization pressure will make this exercise a futile one. I was checking on one study projecting which cities will be the biggest 100 years from now and I was surprised to find both Blantyre and Lilongwe with their projected population of 40 & 42 million respectively within the top 100. I am surprised why all of a sudden Malawians are now having a big appetite for white elephants projects the latest one being having Lilongwe City water supply pumped all the way from Lake Malawi albeit the 500 metres altitude difference and over 100 kilometres apart. Why not build a pipe line from Malingunde to Area 3 and free up the vast catchment land for development? And for once our town planners should also have a soft heart towards the majority poor. If you check this article you will find out that the committee is not amused with site of Chinsapo 2 market and a certain land shared by junior lands officers. Why don’t they complain about increasing amounts of blacksoot left on the road by vehicles passing along the newly constructed Western By-pass road just 50 metres away from LWB treatment plant at Area 3? Why are they not complaining about allocation of low density plots in Area 46 along the same by-pass road when the area has no public sewer and its catchment stream connects to Lilongwe River 30 metres before their treatment works?

  7. benjones says:

    there is big land gate corruption where land is only sold to foreigners at peanut price. One more added in the chain of corruption.

  8. I applied for land since 1994. Paid registreration fee starting from 50 kwacha The 1000. I got no land. Land in Lilongwe is divided and sold low price to ministers, relatives and friends and party followers. Most land is sold o Indians and now Chinese. NO where land is sold to foreigners but with corruption in Malawi its possible and legal. At one time I got a land in area 43 at 500 kwacha that time. Got a letter to day go tomorrow to pay deposite of 250 kwacha was told mwachendwa. I told abwela mwina azamupasaniko kapeni. NO madam. Fuck I said inside me. I have given up with Malawi. Nothing is normal. I have my Island. What will happen in Malawi when They are selling land to foreigners? Like Zimbabwe. Who to blame? Stupid greedy ministers Who are so corrupted and have no clue to What they are doing. Go to Zambia. A Nigerian or Rwadian will not buy a land. Amwenye wapasa malo sangulisa kwa wantu akunda ndi amwenye azayo. Do see a Malawian buying land in India u stupid people? Do u What us to be third class in our country? If war will be here between foreugners and Malawians about land blame corruption.

  9. MWENDANATO says:

    The work begins now inu a Nyasa Times , follow up on this news until the real outcome osati kumaza lemba nkhani yomweyi modandaaula. you are like the sick commissions of inquiries in Malawi. Malawi has become a land of history repeats itself

  10. aabwino says:

    Parliament please demolish every building along the river from behind Wulian up to behind Winners Chappel Church.

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