Self-styled supreme leader, founder and trustee of People’s Land Organisation (PLO), Vincent Wandale has said he has invited Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Vatican to witness a swearing-in ceremony of his “government” of Thyolo and Mulanje districts as an independent State set for October 26.
Wandale said his ‘government’ will be known as African Traditionalists Republic of the United States of Thyolo and Mulanje abbreviated as Must.
Speaking a handful of people who could be easily counted not more than 100 at Khonjeni Turn-Off in Thyolo on Thursday, Wandale said he the seat of his administration will be at at Malawi University of Science and Technologu (MUST) at Ndata in Thyolo.
Wandale said he has started inviting heads of governments to attend the swearing-ceremony for the President, his deputy, Cabinet ministers, head of Judiciary and head of legislature.
“We have already started writing letters to different countries to start recognising us as an independent country,” Wandale told his supporters.
Wandale said Malawi government and President Peter Mutharika has accepted the existence of a Must government and will recognise it from October 26.
He also said he will sue Malawi leader, his government and Police for what he called war crimes, crimes against humanity and treason for ill-treating him and his followers over land dispute in tea growing areas which he claims is his country now.
He said under his ‘Must government’, people of Thyolo and Mulanje will grab the land from tea estates – hence the invitation to Mugabe to attend swearing-ceremony to inspire the citizens on that.
“We are determined to take this land so that the people can cultivate. We have been ignored by Malawi government, now time has come to get back the land which colonal masters stole from us,” he said.
During the meeting, Wandale said Must national flag has been designed and it will have a national anthem.
Wandale said in Must, they will not use Malawi Kwacha but a currency will to be called Shekel which he claimed will be equivalent to US dollar.
“We are breaking away from Malawi. Thyolo and Mulanje independence is here now,” said Wandale.
Wandale has been advocating for the declaration of the two districts to become a sovereign State allegedly because government has failed to repossess idle land owned by settlers on tea estates and allot the same to indigenous Malawians.
In November 2016, Wandale was convicted and given an 18-month suspended sentence on three counts of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour, unauthorised use of land and criminal trespass.
His arrest on September 3 in Lilongwe followed an incident that happened on September 1 at Conforzi Tea Estate where hundreds of villagers invaded the estate and started sharing land for permanent settlement and cultivation.
They claimed the land belonged to their forefathers.
He was released on November 8 after spending 10 months at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre on remand.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :