Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi has condemned land grabbing in the capital city Lilongwe from Asian business people by a group of local business traders.
A group f traders over the weekend grabbed land belonging to an Asian businessman in Malangalanga and shared it among themselves.
But Muluzi in an interview with Nyasa Times said the consequences of “irregularly taking over people’s land” can be grave and disastrous.
He said there are legal procedures of land acquisition, let alone the positive benefits and outcomes of securing land for productive use or investment.
Muluzi, however, disclosed to Nyasa Times that the issue is not new as in 2005 some residents also petitioned the ministry on the same land but acknowledged that the issue wasn’t resolved .
He said the land is not idle as alleged as the other part of it has been developed since there are new shops that were built by the owner.
A visit by Nyasa Times at the site on Thursday morning ,found group traders who shared the land on Sunday already developing the plots with some bringing bricks to the site and construction works in progress .Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :