Lake Malawi dispute: Tanzania makes a U-turn on SADC mediation

ARUSHA -Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete has said there is no need yet to involve a mediator over border dispute with Malawi as the two countries are already in talks.

Kikwete, who was responding to journalists on Wednesday in Arusha, Tanza

nia, said there is no need to involve Sadc as a third party because he had just talked to Malawi over the issue in the morning.

Ironically, Kikwete’s latest position that his country is still engaged in talks with Malawi comes days after his Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe told reporters in Tanzania after a closed-door meeting with European Union (EU) envoys in Dar es Salaam last Friday that the two countries had failed to agree on a common ground.

Membe disclosed that Tanzania is contemplating taking the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), arguing there is now need for the matter to be handled at the highest level of international arbitration.

But Kikwete yesterday contradicted his foreign affairs minister, telling journalists that Malawi and Tanzania are in talks over the Lake Malawi border dispute.

Said Kikwete: “We appreciate that it is the responsibility of Sadc to intervene when its member States are in dispute over an issue, but not at the moment when I have just been talking to Malawi this morning over the same issue.”

Addressing a media briefing just after the launch of the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (Sipo) 11 of promoting Peace, Security and Stability in Arusha, Kikwete said the matter is still at the level of the two countries.

But Malawi’s Information and Civic Education Minister Moses Kunkuyu said in an interview on Wednesday that he is not aware of Tanzania’s latest position.

Kunkuyu said what he was aware of as of Saturday was that the two parties, after talks collapsed, agreed to write reports to Sadc former heads of State to mediate on the matter. He said Tanzania might have communicated through Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but was unable to crosscheck because he was in Kasungu.

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Comments (9)

  • Ferd of Aragon

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    Fellow Malawians, just let Taifas take the Northeastern part and let this matter be put to rest.

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    • fu

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      chindele , damn u

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  • Dlakama

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    Ferd of Aragon, You said what? You are a Taifa, so dont write my “fellow Malawians”! You must be confuesed.

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  • adore

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    Ferd of Aragon ndi wamisala kapena ndi tanzanian? Tanzania knows it has no case thats why its behaving like this. They will never get a drop of our waters. Lake Malawi belongs to Malawi i.e. Lake Nyasa belongs to Nyasaland and thats not negotiable

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  • Kabononkhola

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    If they are desperate, they can have that portion of the lake in exchange for a piece of land on their side of the Mozambican border in equal proportion so that we can have a corridor and a port at the Indian Ocean.

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  • pete

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    One message their change of heart is conveying is, we on the Malawi side must be determined and form a position that we can follow. I dont have doubts, Tanzanians are playing “delay and supprise”.

    Preparations and presentations to SADC and ICJ must be different and you need adequate space and different teams of specialists to prepare for each course. I hope the MG is on top of issues and are not drawn reactive to TZ’s machinations.

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  • chidzulu cha kamuzu

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    its very unfair to let the lake go in stupid manner,our ancestors,federal pple,kamuzu,Bakili,Bingu protected it what about this regime,mwina chifukwa choti ndi mai,let not vote for mai again,mai ndi mai basi.

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  • jode

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    Just let the Lake, the whole Northen Region plus Atumbuka onse be controlled by Tanzania. Tatopa nawo kuno ku Malawi

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  • sc mkomela

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    The’re time wasters, they think they can take Advantage of as Because we’re peaceful people, noways no extraction of oil and gas from our precious lake they must be day dreamers. Ha! ha !ha aaaa fuel demon at work

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