Youth Manifesto against selling Malawi land to foreigners

National Youth Manifesto has called for the need to stop selling land to foreigners under any circumstance by 2020.

Youth Decide 2019: Cross section of the youth at the launch of manifesto

The National Youth Manifesto is being championed by Mzuzu-based non-governmental organisation, Youth and Society (YAS), which  launched a national youth campaign, YouthDecide 2019, to mobilise and deepen youth voice and action in setting and advancing a youth development agenda ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

The youth manifesto  was launched in Lilongwe on Wednesday under the theme “Consolidating Malawi’s youth development agenda through collective youth voice and agency.”

Youth Decide team leader Charles Kajoloweka said the major concern of young people in the country is the rate at which Malawians are losing land to foreigners.

“We all know that land is critical for any country to develop. For instance, if we want to engage young people in agriculture, the first capital they will need is land.

“So it doesn’t make sense to lose land to foreigners who are not investors at all,” Kajoloweka said.

He added that young people are concerned that in their own country they have no land which is very surprising because it is their birthright as Malawian citizens.

Kajoloweka further said there is a lot of idle land being owned by foreign business entities yet there is a majority of poor Malawians who need it for farming.

“Our ultimate aim is to make sure that every Malawian whether poor or rich has access to land. “

Currently, we have observed that more land is being sold to the rich, which is very unfair to poor people,” he said.

Apart from denying foreigners access to land, the manifesto is also advocating for the amendment of the Land Act to pave way for youth presentation in all land committees by year 2021.

“Convert all freehold land to leasehold to avoid perpetual ownership and cater for landless young people by year 2021,” the manifesto reads.

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3 years ago

I never agreed with YAS. but this time iam 100% behind you. We are getting over populated at the same time we are selling land to illegals. While other countries are claiming their land back we are busy giving away. Khalamba is zikuziwa kuti zikufa pompano. Zilibe nazo mtchito kuti ana athu azakhala kuti. Useless DPP

3 years ago

Thumbs up guys. Continue educating the youth and the nation on the need to protect our land – the finite asset.

Prophet Mborol
3 years ago

Look at the photo ,akukalipa chain?Let them work these youths and politics is a game of chance ,its not work.

Prophet Mborol
3 years ago

France a well developed country is in problems because putting in front these un experienced YOUTHs .let them work first then do politics later after 55.

Hassan nkhata
Hassan nkhata
3 years ago

Thank God ,the you have risen to defend our future that’s the reason we sent you to schools ,not that you should be wearing suits with files in your hands .Bravo ! My youth go ahead and claim what’s yours .

3 years ago

This is very concerning. DPP officials are soooo greedy that all the good land is sold to foreigners. This is an initiative that every youngster should work on!

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