Church Leaders Intervene in Chikhwawa Land Wrangle
CHIKHWAWA: Barely a few days after 300 Chikhwawa villagers protested against the decision by Traditional Authority Ngowe to sell 10,000 hectares of land to former Cabinet Minister Clement Khembo, Church leaders in the district have also intervened on the matter.
The communities and the church leaders claim that Mr. Khembo has acquired the land dubiously, after only agreeing terms with T/A Ngowe and not the community who own the land.
Pastor Lapson Mbewe of Redemption Village Bible Teaching ministries organized special prayers on Wednesday, where pastors from various churches sought divine intervention on the matter.
The land in question stretches from Mwananjobvu to Masanduko and from Konzere to Mchacha.
Senior Group Village Headman Konzere told zodiak online that villagers in the areas of Sub T/A Masache and Ngowe in Chikhwawa have all along depended on this land for cultivation.
“Communities here feel what T/A Ngowe has done in selling out the land to the former Minister will negatively affect a number of families. This is why we are protesting the arrangement,” said Village Headman Konzere.
But T/A Ngowe claims that he consulted the villagers on the matter and said he has only leased out 1,584 hectares not 10,000 hectares as being claimed.
According to records in T/A Ngowe's possession, over 40 local leaders signed documents from the Commissioner of Lands for the south, allowing Mr. Khembo to lease the land for a sugar cane project. - Zodiak Online
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