Mutharika cautions Tanzania to respect boundaries: Lake Malawi ownership non-negotiable

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Monday took another step to affirm his stand on long-standing dispute between the country and Tanzania over Lake Malawi boundaries, saying national boundaries should never be an excuse for division.

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Mutharika in his speech during the opening the 4th ordinary session of Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa, called African countries to desist from inciting conflicts against each other due to boundaries.

Malawi and Tanzania have been at loggerheads over the Lake of Malawi with Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Dr Augustine Mahinga recently insisting that part of the lake belongs to his country, where they call it Lake Nyasa.

Tanzania would like to have a share of the lake from which Malawi is about to extract oil, and has vowed that it will have a share of the resources drawn out of the lake.

“Our position on the lake has never changed because we have always maintained that our common border is in the middle of that lake.

“The issue is that we always demarcate new districts and regions and, therefore, time and again we publish new maps to highlight those changes,” Tanzania diplomat Mahinga said.

During his presidential campaign, Mutharika had said the border dispute with Tanzania – which revolves around the disputed lake – was not negotiable.

In his speech ayt Pan African Parliament, Mutharika said: “From the 1890 Heligoland Treaty to the 1964 Resolution on Border Disputes among African States by the OAU, there has never been a reason for disrespecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations.”

“Africa did not come to be what it is by mistake. It is then wise to remember that we co-exist peacefully because our forefathers who founded the countries we govern today valued unity in spite of our boundaries. In 1964, we all pledged that we will respect the borders we found by colonialism,” he said.

Mutharika said in Resolution 17(1) of the First Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the OAU, all member states solemnly pledged and declared “to respect the borders existing on their achievement of national independence.”

“The most outstanding of those forefathers was Julius Nyerere who sponsored the resolution and led Tanzania in playing an active role in respecting the territorial integrity we inherited from colonialism. Paradoxically, our unity lies in the borders that divide us. On 6th March 1997, in Accra, the founding President of Tanzania, Nyere himself, said we must continue respecting the borders we found because “without unity, there is no future for Africa.”

Malawi and Tanzania returned to the negotiating table over the lake issue after Mutharika initiated the talks following his meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart the popular President John Pombe Magufulu earlier this year on the sidelines of the AU summit.

Africa unite

On other points, the Malawian leader called for Africans to develop a spirit of oneness, arguing it t is impossible for the Pan-African Parliament to achieve anything if Africans don’t share a common goal.

He also tackled issues of wars and conflicts across Africa and pleaded for peace and security to prevail across Africa.

“In fact, in the complex world we live today, you do not need to go to war in order to be at war. Think about cyber security! Developments in technology have brought cybercrime by which any country can be under attack at any time. In addition, African countries are fast becoming crime routes and corridors of terrorism.

“In our quest for peace and security, we must also stop crime and terrorism being exported from one country to another through our countries. We must remember to stand together and remember – when you protect your neighbor, you protect yourself.”

Mutharika emphasized that African need to have a shared atmosphere of peace and security for the continent’s economic growth and prosperity.

“We have the war on poverty to fight. Not only do we need African economies to grow, but we also need the participation of the people in that economic growth. If our economic growth is to be meaningful, then we need the participation of women and the youth.”

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34 thoughts on “Mutharika cautions Tanzania to respect boundaries: Lake Malawi ownership non-negotiable”

  1. winston msowoya says:

    Mr.PATHFINDER,I also hate you too with my firing conscience,brother.It seems what you are talking about is all bunkum.I would strongly advise you to read a book written by one of the British prolific Journalist Mr.Tom Burgus: THE LOOTING MACHINE.In this book,he explains openly how oil commodity has swallowed Africa’s pride and how African leaders,their families and serviles have looted the nations’ treasuries with impunity and brutality leaving the masses of the people walking dead souls.A good instance is Nigeria.Right now overwhelming people of Nigeria are starving due to extreme shortage of food and astonishingly,the Nigerian government has ran out of funds to import food from other sources and yet,this is the fourth largest oil producer on earth bringing in U$1.5billion a day,where does that fund go? It goes to Muthalika,Chaponda,Chilima,Ntaba,Dausi and the whole lot.That’s why Muthalika is actively working to see Lake Nyasa contaminated,he knows he will tremendously benefit from the oil business while at the same time,the bloody overwhelming majority and the coming generations will face hell.Another biggest producer of oil in the world,is Angola,but visit Luanda its Capital,you will shade tears to see the sufferings of the common citizens and former freedom fighters.These are just two instances of the ramifications of oil industry in Africa.Malawians,good instance is Muchenga Mine and Kayerekera Mine,what have the people of Malawi,especially the Northerners have benefited or achieved? Malawi has tremendous natural resources on which we can build our economy on,for example TOURISM,CLEAN LAKE WATERS,RICH SOILS AND ABOVEALL STRONG MANPOWER.Mind you,as soon as Malawi starts to drill oil from our magnificent waters,Tanzania and Mozambique will join the fray and that would be the end of lake,the pride of Africa and we must also forget about our sweet CHAMBO AND USIPA.Keep sleeping Mr.PATHDESTROYER.The problem is that most Malawians have not grabbed the real story of Oil Industry in Africa GOOD LUCK PATHFINDER!!!!!!!

  2. kambuwi says:

    I ‘m very very pleased with you mr president muthalika

  3. Asmaljames says:

    Sylvester Stallone known as John Rambo said….IS BETTER TO DIE FOR SOMETHING THAN DIE FOR NOTHING. let’s fight for what is ours .



  5. Hlabezulu Ngonoonda says:

    Well spoken Malawi President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika (APM). In fact when it comes to international boundaries, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was a traitor like Adolf Hitler. The latter never respected such boundaries. Mwalimu categorically uttered that not a drop of the water of Lake Malawi belongs to Tanzania after recognising the frontier between Tanzania and Malawi as essential to accept it, drew legal consequences from its existence and went on to respect it. But fell short of renouncing the right to contest it. What a hypocrite!!!!
    Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda knew that Nyerere exhibited such a misleading sense of friendliness. To pragmatic Kamuzu Banda, the fact remained that British adventures had obtained profound interests in Malawi. In his wisdom he felt that the circumstances under which those interests had acquired were such as to emphasise in a strong manner the duty of his government to safeguard them from traitors like Nyerere. If APM is following Kamuzu’s foot prints on this one, please, Mr. President move on. The country has nothing to lose as long as the title deed is positively in Malawi’s favour.

  6. Amaduh Cassim says:

    Fight fire with fire Prof. Muthalika ur not alone bwana

  7. gift says:

    I caught the wisdom of APM telling Magufuli point blank at AU in south Africa in presence of all heads of states of Africa a very suitable forum “IF YOU PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBOUR YOU PROTECT YOURSELF” TZ should respect the 1890 Heligan Treaty protecting Malawi with its boundaries in order to protect themselves, otherwise if they misbehave then TZ is failing to protect itself. If one hates or feels envey against his neighbor he/she will be less protected. This is great wisdom. APM can even preach very well. Two people, a thief and a victim of theft may both pray to God to be on one’s side. God will deny the prayer of a thief but will answer and support the victim of theft. Even the courts, police, general public will rally behind the house owner and prosecute and arrest the thief. APM you have safely secured and booked my vote in 2019. I have been looking for a brave and intelligent leader like Kamuzu, you are the one. You are a man of outstanding integrity not only in Malawi Parliament but also internationally, bravo APM, VIVA APM

  8. pathfinder says:

    Eish man Winston msowoya sindikufuna kukunamiza mphwanga I HATE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. You are nothing but disgrace to our Malawi community.

  9. Hlabezulu Ngonoonda says:

    The major problem among Tanzanians is that they cannot interpret the treaty in which there is no mention of the median line being move to the middle of the lake. It could be that they focus endlessly on technical translation of maps drawn illegally showing median line ignoring the Heligoland legal text. Yet article 31 of the 1969 Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties state that a treaty must be interpreted in good faith in accordance with the ordinary meaning to be given to its terms in their context and in the light of its object and purpose. It further state that interpretation must be based above all upon the text of the treaty, and that as a supplementary measure recourse may be had to means of interpretation such as the preparatory work of the treaty and the circumstances of its conclusion.
    Looking at Tanzania’s involvement with rogue states such as North Korea, one is convinced that the country’s political elite cannot be trusted. The latter country bombards its people with propaganda at an early age such that they grow up believing it. Tanzania forges a similar pattern. Their political establishments disseminate information that imputes the boundary shifted to the middle of the lake.

  10. Dzimwale wamkulu says:

    WELL SPOKEN Your excellency APM Sir! thats a way to go, TZ may act as goriath trying to intimidate Malawi but this should be noted loud and clear that Malawi cannot bow down giving up the things that belong to us; our heritage. Bravo Bwana President you hava all our support as our Commander in Chief, TZ stay away from our lake and concentrate on Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, and the giant Indian ocean. Aka tisiyileni ka lake Malawi… Bravo APM! Long live the President! God bless Malawi!

  11. BlackImage says:

    Mudapanga zopusa pachiyambipo nanga nyanja poti ikunka niphwera malire adzakhala pati?

  12. Atate JBC says:

    That’s the way to go Mr. President. Why the sudden demand to have a share of the lake?? Tanzania is being opportunistic. We shouldn’t relent in protecting what fully belongs to us. Bravo Mr. President.

    1. Dzimwale wamkulu says:


  13. Mfulu says:

    Don’t become too sexy to associate with issue with LOP’s stand in parliament. That’s very foolish of us Malawians to always divert from national issues to trivial matters.
    Chakwera has nothing to do with this
    Mutharika has no award in doing this since he’s already mandated by Malawi constitution to defend the sovereignty of this country
    The issue of Mutharika’s failure in other areas can not be rubbed off becos he’s talked tough on the lake Malawi border issue
    Let’s all be sober

  14. Bman says:

    Mr President, the speech is so good and even the timing of where it was presented. Aaahhh thumbs up for APM

  15. utambwa says:

    Zoti tizibeledwa nyanja 2017 sizoona. APM tayambani za oil zo mwachangu tiwone kuti amambarawa apanga chani. Timba sachepa ndimadzira ake. Ngakhale nkhuku imene ukayesera kugwira anapiye ake imalimba mtima kukujomba chonsecho under normal circumstances nkhuku imathawa munthu. Kuli bwanji dziko. A china Chilembwe ngati amalimba mtima kufinyana ndi azungu kuli bwanji munthu ndi munthu mzake. APM ntchito yanutu imeneyi we love you.

    1. Billyboy says:

      Wow,, i like this amenei amuuze nzakeyo zafodya ife sitifuna tingomuyang’ana ali ndi nyanja yake ocean uko bwanji osakayang’ana oil kumeneko???? Kuphangila basi.

  16. Bilimankhwe says:

    Chakwera can you oppose what Mutharika has said about the lake. Chakwera will oppose because he doesn’t understand the English of Mutharika
    Mutharika now you have my vote
    Forget Chakwera he too mouthy

    1. Billyboy says:

      Wen u talk about English i can choose chakwela coz he sound pure.

  17. Akubwanje says:

    If I may ask those of you supporting Tanzania for her stupidity, why for many years has never come up with this lake sharing. Is it because Malawi wants to extract oil or Tanzania just want to prove something. Lest assured Tanzanians will leave to regret soon.

    1. Dzimwale wamkulu says:

      Tanzania hands off! its time now you may be surprised…

  18. Pp litete says:

    Keep it up Mutharika..where were they all this time..we will fight together tooth and nail for our Nation

  19. mmc says:

    This is very decisive from APM and its wisely said. thats some great leadership there

  20. Kafwafwa says:

    Stupid Tanzania.

    1. Chifundo says:

      Stupid Malawi why now?

  21. Hatton says:

    APM, you have my vote. Don’t worry Mr President when the leader of opposition fails to understand your speech in Parliament. The issue was too complex for him to comprehend. I am sure what you have said at Pan African parliament is also too complex for narrow minds like that of Chabwera to understand. Bravo Mr President, you deserve to win in 2019, Malawians, including Chakwera, need your leadership.

  22. Che Jhumo says:

    Mayi wombwambwana ujha left us in this precarious situation after selling out on the lake. She should get lost with her fat ass. I hope we don’t have to go to war over this nonsense

  23. Namanyaru says:

    Mutharika yemweyo kuti wawawa! Osati za abiti Joyce Mchila Banda zopepera zija!

  24. the tanzanian presidents-former and current except for nyerere-are megalomaniacs who are all hell-bent on sabotaging the economic growth of malawi.the least malawians want is war.whether we are poor or not,we don’t envy tanzania.but,to attempt at deliberately provoke a pacific malawi and expect it coil in cowardice fearing hegemony,that is not going to happen.we assure them our last drop of blood to defend it mercilessly.tanzania is never going to invade/attack malawi now or ever!!the president should go ahead with oil exploration for the benefit of malawi and,not tanzania.fuck off, man!!

  25. winston msowoya says:

    Peter Muthalika has nothing to do,instead,he jumps on the issue of Lake Nyasa which belongs to Africa.To some of us,we strongly support Tanzania for demanding part of the lake.Right now African leaders in South Africa are discussing the issues of Africa under the auspices of Pan-Africanism,now what the Malawian leader Peter Muthalika is doing to TANZANIANS,is that Pan-Africanism? LONG LIVE TANZANIANS-LONG LIVE MALAWIANS!!!!!!

    1. WemawaMungu says:

      Apparently, the argument raised by APM at PanAfrican parliament is just within its context in as far as PanAfricanism is concerned unless if there are new versions pertaining to PanAfricanism of which I stand to be educated here.

    2. Dzimwale wamkulu says:

      by saying lake Malawi belongs to Africa, that is a mis guided statement and lack of basic knowledge and facts on the subject. This is our thing and after all those people living on the boarder of the lake like Mozambique and Tanzania it self they benefit from it. here Tz is becoming so greedy to take a bigger part which we cannot accept and tolerate ,this lake is not at any cost on the table of negotiations. this is our heritage period! BRAVO APM Our great President for a bold stand; osati zaamayi zija omwe anapangitsa nebayu kuti ayambe kutilowa

    3. Shocked says:

      If you are a Malawian, you should be ashamed of yourself. I have no better words to describe your despicable attitude which generations of Malawians past, present and future would be abhorred with to say the least

  26. mo says:

    Pali mzeru,On this APM I support you, had it bn u have bn displaying this type of leadership u wld have won hearts of many, next is surestream or whoever to start work, its long time we malawians work up and open our eyes,lets do the work

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