Malawi pays less towards lake border dispute fees: Tanzania not amused

Malawi government has paid US$50,000 towards the Lake Malawi border dispute mediation fees which is 6.6 percent of the US$716,016 required.

A Tanzania newspaper reported on Tuesday that Parliament session on Monday revealed that Malawi has contributed far much less compared to Tanzania’s US$387,336 which is 50.9percent.

The paper said the observation was made by  Kondoa South MP Juma Mkumia while tabling a report on Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Former Mozambique president Joachim Chissiano is leading a forum of former president  in Southern Africa Development Committee (Sadc) to mediate the dispute between the two countries.

Foreign Affairs Ephraim Chiume:   Malawi claims whole lake
Foreign Affairs Ephraim Chiume: Malawi claims whole lake

Malawi’s failure to pay the money has not been taken lightly by Tanzania.

“Tanzania seems to be ready to contribute the funds and continue with the mediation process but it is apparent that the Malawi government wants to forward the matter to International Court of Justice (ICJ),” the former Prime Minister Juma Nkamia told Parliament.

Tanzania is disputing that the world’s third largest fresh water body border cuts into the middle of the lake while Malawi is claiming the whole lake.

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