Mutharika tackles contentious land issues: Malawi tea estate owners asked to release part of their land to locals

Government has outlined plans to engage tea estate owners in tourist attraction districts of Mulanje and Thyolo to release part of their land to locals for agricultural activities such as raising livestock and crop production.

Mutharika: I will discuss with estate owners .Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Speaking at Muloza Border in Mulanje when he presided over ground breaking ceremony for the 20 kilometres Muloza-Chiringa Road on Saturday, President Peter Mutharika departed from the prepared speech to tackle the contentious issue that has for long been a subject of discussion in the two districts.

He said government is aware of the suffering people in Mulanje were facing, saying his second coming to power means addressing such challenges once for all.

“I know that the major problem in Mulanje is shortage of land and let me assure you that I will discuss with estate owners for them to give back part of the idle land to you,” Mutharika pointed out.

Tea, macadamia and coffee plantation estates in the two districts take up a greater percentage of arable land in the two districts.

Apart from the issue of land, the President assured people that his second term of office entails that the Farm Input Subsidy Programme would continue to ensure food security at all levels.

Mutharika promised people of government’s commitment to food security and this was in reaction to concerns that people in the area lost their food to the March 2019 floods.

“Let me assure you that nobody will die of hunger since my government will distribute food to all those that are food insecure. Mulanje is an important district because it attracts tourists; hence, will make sure that Mulanje Mountain is being taken care of,” he said.

Mutharika disclosed that government would build seven secondary schools in the district including a community technical college at Muloza, whose construction would commence in August or September 2019.

“As I speak now, I am a very disappointed person because some misguided people are destroying the developments that are being done through demonstrations. They are burning tyres in the roads which poses threat to the roads safety.

“I am not against demonstrations because it is a democratic right but rather I hate it when the demonstrations are accompanied by violence and destruction of public property like it is the case now in some parts of the country,” he added.

The President pledged to continue with the development projects like good roads and hospitals despite facing resistance from some detractors.

“This is the only way I can give back to you in return to the votes which gave me this opportunity to lead you in the next five years. To me failure is not a choice because even in my academic career I have never failed,” Mutharika said.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma said  the nation was witnessing another dream that finally came to pass.

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Nzika
Nzika
2 years ago

Komatu Wandale adanena zomwezi koma mumati ndi wamisala, mpaka kumutumiza ku Zomba Mental Hospital. Mwinatu Mutharikanso mutu wazweta apititenso ku Mental Hospital akamupime. Zoonadi kuti wamisala adaona nkhondo! Lero ndi izi mukubwereza za wamisala uja! Manyazi mulibe?

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 years ago

When Wandale says let the farm owners share land ndiye sinzeru ai koma mukanena inuyo a President ndiye ndizanzeru? Koma Malawi inalakwa chani kwa Mulunguko kumangokhalira zosalemekeza nzeru zamzathu zoona zimenezi.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

Bravo Chilima for bringing up the land issue.

Mafikizolo
Mafikizolo
2 years ago

Stable jobs is what’s needed across Africa, LAND grabbing will not solve anything. Zimbabwe once thought land ownership was a solution to common poverty.
African leaders should concentrate on creating good economic environment for job creation. Peasant farming is just perpetuating poverty, find 21st century solutions

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
2 years ago
Reply to  Mafikizolo

Where was this Zungwara all along ?He is a big liar.

kanchenga
kanchenga
2 years ago

It’s a shame when PLO leader pointed out that problem you called him mad. You even sent him to mental hospital. May be you should be sent to a mental hospital too.

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
2 years ago
Reply to  kanchenga

Yes, by the same standard used on the PLO leader, this guy should be sent for medical examination ku Zomba

Chingoni pa stone
2 years ago

Koma zoona ka nseu ka 20kms mpaka president ndi convoy yonse ija zoona? Ukazathanso azabwera so kuteleku?

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

That’s when you know you’re in impoverished nyasaland.

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