MPs storm another school over land encroachment

A  joint parliamentary committee of Legal Affairs, Education and Transport and Public Infrastructure, which is probing the encroachment of public institutions’ land, including the alleged Livimbo school land sale stormed another public school in Lilongwe over allegations that it had been encroached.

Kezzie Msukwa: Parliamentary committee members visited Chilambula school 

Members of Parliament in the committees were Tuesday afternoon accompanied by officials from government when they visited Chilambula primary school in Lilongwe.

The committee members along with officials from ministries of Lands and Education were told that private warehouses were constructed with an encroachment of some metres into public school land.

The parliamentary committee members noted that the scenario was the same as that of Livimbo where Lilongwe City Council demolished private warehouses on Saturday for the same reason of encroachment.

In his submission to the joint parliamentary committee,  Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Joseph Mwandidya has said lack of proper documentation is fuelling encroachment on public institutions’ land.

“There is a very big problem. Most schools and government institutions don’t have papers, that is why encroachment is rampant. We need to strategise and make sure that we give all the institutions the papers that they need,” he said.

On Saturday, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) demolished warehouses businesspersons Irfan Mohamed Patel and Ahmed Yajub Laheri erected on the disputed land, which borders Livimbo school, describing it as “illegal construction”.

Laheri insists the school encroached on his land as such he has instructed his lawyer Ishmael Wadi  ro take legal action against government.

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The issue of public land encroachment is very big in Malawi. It goes way beyond the two schools mentioned. While we commend the parliamentary committees for the public enquiry, the call for more details is not enough. They need to air alot of radio adverts calling people to come with details of public land they suspect was dubiously sold The Committee should not be fooled though. The same people (Ministry of Lands, City Councils) are the ones who sold the plots away. There are many places sold. We were informed that Lilongwe was going to have an international bus terminal.… Read more »

Joni
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Joni

M’mayesa woyenga mafuta satuwa ………wopereka mapepala nkumapezeka iyeyo alibe…..kkkkkkk koma ziliko ku Malawi….why….CORRUPTION!

VGH Magwero
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VGH Magwero

Mukafikenso pa Magwero apoooo

joseph
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joseph

ZONSE NDI A MALAWI ANZATHU AKU LAND NDI KU CITY INE NDINACHITA APPLY ZA 20 MPAKA LERO KOMA MUKUMAGULITSA NDI MASUKULU TANGOWAKWIDZINGANI AZIPITA KU NDENDE.A PULEZIDENT MALO ONSE NDI ANU MWA LAMULO MANGANI AKUKBERANI MALO

Mkaika
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Mkaika

Why are you just concentrating on Amwenye on commercial plots? Boma linali ndi malo ambirimbiri in Works, Forestry and Veterinary residential camps (BT, LL, MZ, ZA, etc) and onse anagulitsana ma current and former employees, mufufuzenso kumeneko. Of course we know the institutional houses were sold by govt but rest of the vacant land who benefitted from the sales, was it govt or individuals?

Moya
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Moya

This is a Committee clearly functioning it needs more budget allocation. If all committees were action oriented Malawi would be a better place.

Mateyu salijeni
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Government employees from LANDS take advantage of selling Lands to these foreigners —-most of employees are driving nice cars and have big ansions

XYZ
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XYZ

So it is government institutions which do not have papers, yet they claim their land has been encroached.

Neba
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Neba

Plz achakulungwa come to Blantyre city council even drivers can sell government lands mudzina la boma. E.g fire department kuli some drivers amanena kuti ndi ma engineers amagulitsa malo aboma.

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

Ya malo yatha iyi tiyambe ina. After doing their investigations, the committee should draw lessons and then go through all the acts that govern land in malawi and the institutikns concerned. From there the committee should come up with clear cut procedures on how land should be allocated to indigenous malawians and foreigners and where otherwise this may end up being a useless task, zongogawana ma allowance basi.

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