with Malawi on the ownership of Lake Malawi, also referred to as Lake Nyasa by
some countries, thought to have oil deposits.
Mzuzu — the northern city of Malawi -for showdown talks in Mzuzu on the matter.
handled diplomatically, some overzealous Tanzanian officials have been
war-mongering on the matter.
Defence, Security and Foreign Affairs, Edward Lowassa, is quoted by The
Citizen, declaring: “We expect this conflict will be solved
diplomatically using the committee of foreign affairs ministers from both
countries and using the mediator whenever needed. Malawi is our neighbour and
therefore we would not like to go into war with it.”
sacrifice our people’s blood and our military forces are committed in equipment
and psychologically. Our army is among modern and stable defence forces in the
world,” declared Lowassa.
the border but that has not been independently verified.
Minister Ephraim Chiume has since assured that “ this should not be a
cause for anxiety or alarm.”
International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, has ordered Malawi to consider an
immediate stop to all gas and oil prospecting activities on the portion of the
lake that falls on the Tanzania side.
committed to ensuring that its people are protected “at any cost”.
was defined in the Heligoland Treaty signed by the former colonial powers
Germany and Britain on 1st July 1890.
as being the edge of the waters on eastern shore of Lake Malawi.
Organisation of African Unity (OAU) made a resolution in 1963 that member
states should recognise and accept the borders that were inherited at the time
of independence. The African Union (AU) made similar resolutions in 2002 and
2007,” said Chiume.
1960s, when the first Malawian president, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, claimed
that Lake Nyasa and the whole of Mbeya in Tanzania were part of Malawi using
the 1890-Heligoland treaty.
Banda had a relationship with South Africa and Tanzania was in support of South
African freedom fighters,” Membe said.
between President Jakaya Kikwete and the late Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, whereby a
ministerial committee was appointed by both countries to solve the dispute over
the border and the lake’s name.
issues were discussed including some of the aircraft claimed to belong to the
oil and gas researching companies from Malawi flying in the Tanzania airspace,”
conflict through round-table discussions and to find a long-term solution.
claims to own the whole of it.
licence to prospect for oil on the lake.
Source: Nyasa Times