Nov 25, 2017 Last Updated 7:59 AM, Nov 24, 2017

Lake Malawi Wrangle: Mutharika To Meet Magufuli

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Mediators of the Lake Malawi dispute have recommended that the Heads of State of Malawi and Tanzania should meet to find the way forward on the ownership of the Lake.

They issued the recommendation after two day mediation talks this week in Pretoria, South Africa.

The talks were led by the former Mozambican President, Joaquim Chissano, who is part of the High Level Mediation Team.

Other members of the Team included former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila represented Malawi.

Speaking to Capital FM Spokesperson of the ministry, Rejoice Shumba confirmed that the mediation team had made the proposal for the leaders to meet.

“The two delegations accepted the proposal and the process of consulting the two heads of states should be made no later than three months starting July 12,” Shumba added.

Shumba did not however disclose on when exactly the Malawi leader Peter Mutharika and his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli would meet.

When asked on what action would be taken on Dodoma on the claims that they have produced a new map indicating a large part of the lake is theirs, the spokesperson insisted that the Malawi delegation clearly stated they own the lake and that there should be no further production of maps to prove otherwise.

Minister of foreign affairs Francis Kasaila earlier told Capital FM that as established by Article 1(2) of the 1890 Anglo-German Treaty, therefore Lake Malawi belongs to Malawi in its entirety.

This is despite Tanzania continuing to claim that the boundary is the median line of the Lake, based on principles of customary international law and coming out clearly that it wants shares of the oil exploration proceeds in the Lake.

Lake Malawi is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

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