CDEDI Dedicates 2022 To Land Liberation in Malawi

Namiwa has told Zodiak that the preparatory work is at an advanced stage to launch a symbol that should easily identify with the misery of the landless people Namiwa has told Zodiak that the preparatory work is at an advanced stage to launch a symbol that should easily identify with the misery of the landless people - file photo

Centre for Democracy Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI) says it has dedicated the year 2022 as a year of land liberation for Malawians, calling on the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to live up to its commitment of probing players in tea and macadamia industry over alleged dubious land dealings.

CDEDI Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, has told Zodiak that the preparatory work is at an advanced stage to launch a symbol that should easily identify with the misery of the landless people not only in Thyolo and Mulanje but across Malawi.

"CDEDI believes the symbol will serve as constant reminder to authorities that land issues are a crisis in Malawi and that nobody can begin to talk of any meaningful development when others had their land taken away violently," Namiwa said.

In December last year, PAC Chairperson, Shadreck Namalomba told Zodiak that the committee found merit into CDEDI request and would commence the probe into the alleged accumulation of land and proceeds by the Tea and Macademia players operating in Thyolo, Mulanje and Nkhatabay districts this January, but nothing has happened.

According to Namiwa, PAC's commitment brought some hope to the landless people in these districts that they would benefit from the tea and macadamia proceeds.

"That response from Public Accounts Committee of Parliament brought a sigh of relief on the part of landless people not only in Thyolo and Mulanje, but in Malawi. Let me point out that land issues in Malawi have reached crisis levels. Most of the arable and prime lands are in the hands of foreigners," Namiwa added.

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