Mangochi chief blocks Mota Engil hotel project

Group Village Headman-GVH Msumbi under Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi has declared that his people will not leave their native land to pave way for the construction of a Five Star Hotel along the shores of Monkey – Bay.

Senior Chief Chimwala and Nankumba during the meeting

Senior Chief Chimwala and Nankumba during the meeting

Speaking on Wednesday at Monkey-Bay Resource Centre Hall during a meeting the District Commissioner for Mangochi organized with chiefs and some villagers, Msumbi said his subjects would not leave their ancestral  for a hotel.

“What I can assure you Bwana DC is that there is no any problem here as far as the construction of a five star hotel is concerned, but I am only against the idea of moving us away from our land to somewhere else, as a chief I will not accept that,” Msumbi said vehemently.

“There is some land in my area which is approximately about one and half hectares where the five star hotel can be constructed and I hope the land will be enough for the five star hotel. Mota Engil should find another place for the construction of a golf course not in my area,” he added.

GVH Msumbi added that the place where government would like to relocate them to was not habitable. He said the new place had no potable water and was far away from the lake considering that most people in the village earned their living through fishing.

“Let me all the same thank you Bwana DC for organizing this meeting. However, if this meeting was conducted some months ago one person should not have died and some of our children could not have been injured as a result of the fracas that happened some weeks ago because there was poor communication on the project details,” Msumbi said.

But District Commissioner Bester Mandere said the council would give more time to the chiefs to soberly discuss with their people on the matter.

“For now, the council will not take it that you have rejected the project, instead we will give you ample time to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the whole project. Thereafter, you may wish to make a position known to our office,” Mandere said.

On her part, Director of Tourism Patricia Liabuba disclosed that government had already adopted the five star hotel master – plan by Mota Engil, saying if the issue of relocation was resolved in time, Mota Engil would start the construction of the hotel soon.

Liabuba reminded traditional leaders that the project would, among other things, create jobs for people in the area, would have a tourism training college and enable Mangochi to attain the status of a Tourism City.

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Mackelvin Rodgers Chunda
Mackelvin Rodgers Chunda
l hereby full support GVH Msumbi not to change a decision on the matter. I want know if Malawi Govt is giving this land to Mota for free or they suppose to buy it?. If owners of the land do not want to sale for the betterment of their future children leave them please. There are wide land stay idol along lake Malawi why motor engil wants only the specific land that is occupied?. Is their five star hotel will be a shop if built somewhere else customers will not able to see it and book it? Let Mota engil… Read more »

I just like Mandele, he was my DC in Rumphi. Very tolerant, consultative and constructive. Dialogue is the way to go about it!!!

I a citizen of Mangochi, Mwatakata Village, T/A Chimwala. Some kilometers from Lakes Malawi and Malombe does not accept the chasing Malawians out of lake land and bringing in Yellow/Red people from Europ, Asia, America e.t.c. staying, kusewela, fishing and other businesses for them and their home lands they will be coming from plus a few number of Malawian Politicians like Petulo Muthalika and some dpp people, leaving away local fishermen, Malawians starve for self employment of fishing and good land and water resource. My dear brothers and sisters. Lets not accept what Lomwes and other anthu opanda chilungamo akuchita.… Read more »

Neocolonialism , alomwe analuza malo awo ku Thyolo ndi ku Mulanje inthe same way, ku zimbabwe bwa ? Akunyengererani pano akangomanga mudzakhala agalu muwafunse anthu aku Sun and sand panopa sangadutse kuti apite kunyanja , OSASALOLA


Amfumu ayankhula bwino. Ndili inenso sindingalole kusamutsidwa pamalo pa makolo anga nkupita komwe iwowo akufuna osati ine kufuna. Khalani pompo anthu a ku mangochi, ndi kwanu kumeneko after all odyelela hotel imeneyo ndi ena osati ife eni nthaka. Inu mungodya nawo pa ntchito yomangayo, komanso mutakhetsa thukuta koma ikatha odyelela ndi ena. Asamange kumeneko ayi, apite kumadera ena komwe kulibe anthu ngati national parks better to kill some animals zitsale cochepa basi than kuthamangitsa anthu.


Now some online websites cheated you that Mota Engil withdrew. This is a problem of reporting lies. The other question is I see people claiming they dont benefit anything from Govt. Kodi ndalama za rural growth centre ya ku monkey bay zinachokera kuti. Nanga Mangochi Hospital. Mangochi has one if the most beautiful state if the art central markets, a tarmac road from the boma to monkeybay. Wherd does money to run Lisumbwi Secondary School come from. A Malawi tikuonjeza.


Atamangiseni, akamange kwao kwa minister, kuti a
kapeze ntchitoyo abale awo. Kulimbikilako iwowo adya kale ndalama za Mota. Apitiseni akamange kumamuyamika forest ali kumalombe aja.

kholowa mkabudula

Midyomba should learn from what is going on in the north uranium mine, who is benefiting from that mine apart of the died presidents children and family? Midyomba ntchito yawo ndiutelala, so the Hotel will employ more tailor’s? My minister point of correction, mukanati mahule achiyawo adzahuleko nda azungu bolako mkanakumvetsani! Im sorry!


This is bullshit

charlie hebdo

I have place to build hotel. I just need K2m for it. It will have football ground instead of golf course because ppl in the world prefer football. It is near zalewa bridge. Their is water too and a few crocs.

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