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PLO Organises Land Vigils at Thyolo District Council

The Registered Trustees of People's Land Organisation (PLO) has announced that it will hold vigils at Thyolo district council from 3 July 2023 to force minister of lands to address them on land issues in the district.

In a notice letter to the District Commissioner, signed by the grouping's board chairperson, Fadson Mleme, they want the land believed to be acquired fraudulently from indigenous people by colonial masters in Thyolo, Chiradzulu and Mulanje be re-appropriated in accordance with the 1999 Malawi Commission of Inquiry on land policy reform.

Speaking to Zodiak Online on Friday, PLO board chairperson, Fadson Mleme has confirmed about the vigils.

Mleme said, "this follows a meeting which we had in the district in 2021 where the minister of lands pledged to push for the compensation in line with the the 1999 Malawi Commission of Inquiry on land policy reform."

He has however said despite that the inquiry recommended for  compensations from the British government, Malawi government and estate owners 23 years ago, nothing has happened, hence the move for the government to address them or else they will reclaim the land.

Meanwhile, Thyolo District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha in a letter we have seen, has invited the organisation to a meeting on Monday 26 June 2023, which Mleme has also acknowledged receipt.

PLO has for years been on the forefront claiming that the colonial masters obtained fraudulently most of the prime land in Thyolo, Chiradzulu and Mulanje. 

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