We Are Now Paying to Access Our Gardens - Malamya
Some communities living around Malawi border areas with Mozambique at Makanjira in Mangochi who claim that their land was declared foreign, after a border reaffirmation exercise, say now they have to paying to access their gardens on the other side.
According to Senior Group Village Headman Malamya, chiefs and security personnel from Mozambique are now demanding 12 thousand kwacha before farming, and 2 bags of maize after harvesting from each family.
Malamya who was speaking Sunday when presidential advisor on political affairs, Ephraim Chivunde, address a rally in the area, said while authorities from both countries told them to stay as before, their counterparts have changed.
“They have now changed, and people have no option but to pay,” explained Malamya while receiving applauds from people.
He pleaded with Chivunde to make sure that people are assisted, saying the 1920 map of the area which they have clearly shows the genuine boundaries.
Chivunde, who is also the Peoples Party Vice President for the South said relevant authorities will meet with the people to see how they can resolve the issue amicably.
“I cannot promise them milk or honey, but I can promise them that we are going to sit with ministry of lands, ministry of local government and the president himself to see whatever the people are talking about,” said Chivunde.
Villagers who allege that the new map left about 15 villages in Mozambican territory contrary to the original map of 1920 signed by the colonial masters which they have, always blame officials from the ministry of lands for not consulting them during the exercise which is said to have started around 2011.