Royal Motors directors in court over alleged land grab in Blantyre

Directors of the Royal Motors Company are soon expected to appear in court to answer charges bordering on forgery of documents that facilitated the grabbing of the land belonging to Lunzu Estate Limited.

Abdul Mahomed

The land under dispute is near the Blantyre Campus of the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) next to Kameza Roundabout of the Chileka International Airport Road and is reported to be owned by the Matewere family whose last remaining shareholder was the late Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, Colonel Matewere, after everyone had died.

Nyasa Times understands that Abdul Mahomed of Royal Motors and his friends forged signatures of General Graciano Matewere and Colonel Matewere and transferred the shares to themselves thereby stealing a 150-hectare piece of land under Lunzu Estate Limited Michiru 14.

The land under dispute is near the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) at Kameza Roundabout in Blantyre.

Both the Matewere family and Mahomed confirmed about the legal suit in an interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, respectively.

One of the family members alleged that Mahomed was not aware that one of the directors is still alive when he forged the documents.

“The letter of administration by the High Court judge was issued that the Matewere family are the sole administrators of the estate. However, there is a fake documentation of resignation of directors of the Matewere family, which the Colonel and other directors are not aware of,” said a family member who sought anonymity.

He added, “There is no company resolution to sell or to transfer shares to Abdul Mohamed and his Asian friends at the Registrar of Companies. Every document is sanitised by a law firm, Ngombe Company, who died long time ago. The documents seem to have been done in 2003, but backdated to 1995.”

The family member further stated that the forged signatures resemble and are “:very uncommon and different from their real signatures”.

It is believed that all these fake transactions were done when Colonel Matewere was in the Democratic Republic of Congo on peacekeeping mission from 2002 to 2006.

“These Malawians of the Asian origin must have been aware that he is away and General Matewere had just passed away that time. So, they took advantage to forge his signature to facilitate the transfer of ownership. The lands registrar was not aware of the change of ownership of the company and the land,” he claimed.

Mahomed refused to comment, saying his lawyer was better placed to talk to the media.

“The matter is in court. So, I would prefer you talk to my lawyer. I will text you his phone number soon,” he said.

However, Mahomed did not send the contact number of his lawyer. He also did not pick subsequent calls.

The Matewere family has since hired private practice law firm, Salimu and Associates, to represent it in the case.

The court is yet to set the date to start hearing the case.

The fight over the ownership of Lunzu Estate Limited is coming hot on the heels of another battle over the ownership of Livimbo Schools in Lilongwe.

Chancellor College-based political and social commentator, Blessings Chinsinga, observed in one of his papers recently that within the Malawi’s land policy context; there are a range of malpractices that tend to disadvantage the poor natives.

Chinsinga cited bureaucratic petty corruption that occurs in the allocation of publicly owned land as one of the challenges poor Malawians face to acquire land.

“For example, the Lilongwe Land Allocation Committee is supposed to allocate land within the city, but in practice the committee is bypassed and its efficiency suppressed by the actions of ministers, principal secretaries, business magnates and other influential persons in society who pressurise government officials to favour particular applications.

“Having purchased Makande Tea Estate in 2001 from one the European settler farmers, the government decided to donate it Thyolo District Council for distribution to the people in the district. The beneficiaries were supposed to be land-poor and landless households with property value of less than MK20 000, but it later turned out that many richer persons acquired land on the estates,” he says while quoting Holden et al., 2006.

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Please ACB investigate the registrar Ku Lilongwe Ku mzimayi ameneyu wagulitsa ma plot mwachinyengo kwa amwenye

Chebiti9
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Chebiti9

When land is bought the council gives you a period within which to develop the land. Usually 3 years. How come these guys have been in “possession” of the papers for more than 10 years without development? Katangale basi.

mngoni weni weni
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mngoni weni weni

100 % I totally agree with you Mwana wa Anabanda These asians of Indian origin are to say the least very crooked. And it’s really after one of them saves jail term without any option that they’ll learn to respect our land’s laws. People might be reminded that it is these same Indians ~Royal Motors bosses, one called Big Bash , during Bingu era , when they were trading as APEX that they were implicated in the police motor vehicle deals~when Monjeza Maluza was minister of Home Affairs When Bingu came in , he didn’t tolerate the nonsense and he… Read more »

A FEW GOOD MEN
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A FEW GOOD MEN

These issues of land, We need to do something

Concerned citizen
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This is just TOO much. CAMA assist us. In Mudi and parts of Machinjiri, we have had no water for almost 6 days, reason being someone built a house above a main Blantyre Water Board Water pipe which burst and flooded the house and hence the Board used the six days to divert the pipe round the house. In normal circumstances, this house was illegally developed and should have been demolished, as is done with all illegal structures built in town. But because some people have money they are treated differently. How are these people able to 1. Get city… Read more »

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye

Guys these asians causing these problems are not indians no. They are pakistanis and they have got islamic names. They come here very poor marry our women and not necessarily marrying them but on the oretext of getting permits to stay. They are moslems infact but from pakistan. They are crooks to hell. Mwenyes of indian origin are now rich and they are not involved in this like the sacraines. Kalaria and others who came sometime back with the british to build the railway. So the govt should be very careful with these pakistais. They are involved in drug and… Read more »

Mwana wa Anabanda
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Mwana wa Anabanda

We will only see justice in Malawi if Indians start to serve jail time. These guys are crooks to the core but their trampling of the law never see their cases into courts. What the heck is going on in this nation of ours?

Timve Ziti
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Timve Ziti

You are very right. They don’t serve time at all that’s why they carry on doing what they do.

BigMan
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BigMan

It may be controversial, but perhaps we should ban non Africans from purchasing land in Malawi. They should only be allowed short tenures such as 10 years to rent the land from government for business purposes. They can perhaps be allowed maximum of one plot for residential purposes. But this selling of hundreds of hectares to a small minority will one day end in bloodshed. Mark my words.

Mr Truth Pains
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I really agree with u big man, this is uncalled for, these foreign people should be given no chance to own land in Malawi but only rent it for a particular period may be 20years then they should give back to indigenous owners or the government.

This attitude of intimidation will come to an end and sanity will come on land issue otherwise as it is right now nothing can be achieved bcoz these Pakistanis and mwenye have muscle in terms of Cash to bribe the officials.