Jul 16, 2018 Last Updated 2:58 PM, Jul 12, 2018


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Lake Malawi Dispute: Talks In Limbo

Tanzania continues to argue that the northern part of the lake is on its side Tanzania continues to argue that the northern part of the lake is on its side Image sourced at gettyimages.com
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Malawians are calling for the country’s leadership to find a permanent solution with Tanzania on the Lake Malawi claim by Dodoma.

Tanzania continues to argue that the northern part of the lake is on its side.

In July last year, the SADC former Heads of State, who are the mediators on the issue, recommended the leaders of the two countries to meet to map the way forward.

Almost a year after the recommendation from the mediators, President Peter Mutharika and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli have not met.

It was after two day mediation talks in Pretoria South Africa in July last year where the High Level Mediation Team led by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano proposed the meeting.

Delegates from both Malawi and Tanzania had accepted the proposal that their leaders would start meeting in three months time from July last,a development which is yet to be realised.

Just at the time when expectations were high to see what would transpire at the meeting between the two heads of state, the public is still waiting on what the final solution will be on the issue.

While emphasizing that they strongly believe that they are the sole owners of the lake, Malawians think their government should be quick in resolving the matter for good.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its spokesperson Rejoice Shumba told Capital FM that they are waiting for the Mediation Team to advice on the exact day when the talks would start.

Asked as to whether Malawi has ever sought update from the mediation team on the proposed meeting, Shumba says they have not.

Minus the former Mozambican leader, the mediation team comprises Thambo Mbeki and Festus Mogae who are former presidents of South Africa and Botswana respectively.

Malawians insist that the whole Lake Malawi belongs to them as established by Article 1(2) of the 1890 Anglo-Germany Treaty.

On the other hand, Tanzania claims the boundary is the median line of the lake, based on principles of customary international law.


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