JB Meets Opposition Leaders On Tanzania Again: Journalists Bared From Asking Questions After Waiting For 5 Hours, No Food

Opposition Leaders: Met President Banda Again On The Malawi/Tanzania Boarder Row

President Joyce Banda has, today, been meeting leaders of various political parties in her continuation of soliciting views on the boarder wrangle that has erupted between Malawi and Tanzania over the ownership of Lake Malawi.

The meeting follows a recent declaration by Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete that his country deserves equal share in the lake Tanzania rivers are some of the largest tributaries emptying into the lake.

On August 15, President Banda also met Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader John Tembo, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General Wakuda Kamanga, United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders Friday Jumbe and George nga Ntafu, Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM) president Mark Katsonga Phiri, veteran politicians Gwanda Chakuamba and Kamlepo Kalua.

Special appearance on Joyce Banda’s guests list wasMalawi’s prominent historian and economist Desmond Dudwa Phiri, fondly known as DD Phiri, and academician Profesor Brown Chimphamba.

As was the case with the Lilongwe meeting, delegates also choose to keep a tight lid on what transpired in the caucus, despite the fact that journalists who went to Sanjika Palice for the official handover of medicines from Toyota Malawi to president Banda were asked to wait for the meeting.

“We have been held up here, since morning, only to be told they are not granting interviews. This is venom of higher degree,” fumed one of the journalists.

President Kikwete is quoted by Tanzania media that in his month-end address to the nation, he  argued it would be illogical to ask his country’s citizens to simply give up the lake, where Lilongwe has awarded an oil exploration licence to a British firm, Surestream.

Tanzania wants the border to be at the centre of the lake and Malawi insists that the border should be along the shores.

President Kikwete said the Anglo-German Treaty of 1890  – an agreement between then-colonial powers Germany and Britain –that gave Malawi sole ownership of Lake Malawi  was flawed and Tanzania has every reason to demand it be corrected.

He  argued that the treaty denies Tanzanians living on the shores of Lake Malawi  their given right to utilize proximate water and marine resources to earn their daily living.

Too Early For Smile?:Tanzania President With Joyce Banda

Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda  is pursuing a non-confrontation approach in the negociations but her government has maintained that Malawi owns the entire lake under an 1890 agreement .

The Tanzania President also said he had assured there will be no  use of military to solve the dispute, saying people should “get rid of fear of war.”

Kikwete in his address said three years after Malawi gained independence from Britain, on January 3, 1967, the Government of Tanzania wrote a letter to the government of Malawi to explain the border issues and recommend talks for the two countries to come up with a solution.

He said Malawi replied on 24 January 1967 acknowledging receiving the letter and promised that they will provide the answers in a short while. However, he said on June 27, 1967, President Kamuzu Banda while addressing the National Assembly of Malawi, refused Tanzania’s request, saying that Tanzania’s claim was not genuine and that historically Songea, Njombe and Mbeya was part of Malawi, thus, negotiations came to a halt.

“Tanzania did not give up. When Bakili Muluzi was elected, new efforts were made but they did not pay off,” Kikwete is quoted as saying.

“On June 9, 2005, Malawi’s third president, Bingu Wa Mutharika, who is now dead, wrote a letter to former Tanzanian president, Benjamin William Mkapa and advised him that our two countries should negotiate on the border of Lake Nyasa,” Tanzania leader said..

Kikwete argued that the  Anglo-Germany Heligoland  treaty is erroneous because it contravenes international law that requires riparian states to share adjoining water resources.

“It is our opinion that our countries do what the Anglo-German boundary commission did not do. Let’s do it as sovereign states through negotiations,” said the President.

The negociating teams of the two countries meeting recently in Malawi failed to come to mutual agreement and the next round of talks is scheduled for September 10 to 14 in Dar es Salaam.

The two countries will discuss the option of mediation by a third party with the possibility that a council of wise men under African Union (AU) would step in and help broker a settlement.

Should mediation efforts hit the rock, Malawi and Tanzania will have to take their case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for legal resolution.

13 Responses to "JB Meets Opposition Leaders On Tanzania Again: Journalists Bared From Asking Questions After Waiting For 5 Hours, No Food"

  1. mavuto kondwani  September 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Very true. We should not even have started negotiating. Why should we when the lake is ours. It is clear that they started this issue in 1967 but no one gave them the time of day to even sit down and negotiate. this has shown weekness on our part. The answer should have been the lake is ours and there is nothing to negotiate. Now that we have started this by accepting to negotiate, it has to come to a solution, and from what I can see its going to end badly. NO NEGOTIATION on a lake that has always been ours.

  2. worried Malawian  September 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Stand our ground Joyce, dont give in!

  3. johnM  September 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    She engages in too much consultations. She should learn to be decisive and take decisive steps when an issue comes up. These constant consultations show that she is out of her depths as far as I am concerned.

  4. ngaga  September 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    God is in control,the Egyptians you see them today you shall see them no more.No nation is bigger than God,no weapon is bigger than God ,No wisdom is greater than God,no president is bigger than God,no soldier is greater than God and no problem is bigger than God.God is man of war,His name is LORD,He has never failed his choosen people,Malawi is the warm heart of Africa this means the favoured one of God.Its just like the choosen Isreal.All God chosen Nations are sorrounded by enemies.Nigerial ,Isreal,now Malawi,Prayer for these nations.GOD IS IN CONTROL

    • Mtanzania  October 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      That same God gave the lake to all people around it, to line on it. Now you deny people who live on east shores of the lake their Godly rights and you use the name of God to be selfish. Yes, God shall judge and to your wonder, God will tell you that you share the lake with your neighbour because I gave it to both of you. The most important thing; Let peace prevail, in the name of Jesus. Amen

  5. zoona  September 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    These so called political leaders, what can they contribute? This a matter for specialist of international disputes not pedestrian leaders of especially our political parties. JB wants to spread the blame when push develops to shove. She wants to say it was consensus. And where is DPP? DPP is the only bonafide party which represent the majority of the people. Definitely JB and her PP are finding it very hard to summon assistance from DDPs capable capacity. But that this is a national problem PP and JB must swallow their pride and ask DPP to assist them. Dont’ forgett if it was not otherwise DPP would have been wrestling with this issue.

  6. delu  September 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Lets not blame each other this time. We will have to do that after we have won the better of the arguement. I think, we need re-visit our approach – the world we are living in favors force. Our president, instead of calling the leaders all the times you are thrown in the deep end put in place a strategic team – paid by government that will each day work on this issue until it is thoroughly closed.

    thus is so because you chose a negotiation path. This path is quite delicate it needs buying time and doing the needful.

    Please, stop adhoc call-the -leaders meeting. but kno there are so many issues that need our strategic and tactical thinking. We must move to be as adept as Israel and we have no choice that is the way we go. Malawi is small but quite symbolic in its nature – we have all enemies in silence and all enemies in aggression. It is good that these issues are manifesting, let us sit down a team and know our neighbours, enemies and abilities God gave us to pass our temptations.

  7. zoona  September 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Very bad. Tikanakhala amphamvu tikanangowathira nkhondo. Koma ndiye ationerera bwanji!

  8. Chembuye Chediki  September 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    A Bingu tonani anthu amakunenani that u were stubborn koma ma neba samatitola chonchi lero awa poti akufuna kupanga please maneba abetsa nazo nyanja, mataifa watch out sitikukonani mokondwa on the lake issue

  9. kwanunkwanu Phiri  September 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Paola khola ng’ombe zonse zimatulukira pomwepo. We Malawians are stupid. We accepted to “negotiate” and hosted the negotiating team in Mzuzu for one week. On 20th September or thereabout we are going to Dar Es Salaam to continue negotiating. I am sure by the Dar negotiations are over, we will be told where the beacons will be in the middle of the lake. Foolish.

    Do you negotiate for something that is all yours? When did the Tanzanian map started showing Lake Malawi as part of them? They will always take advantage of “blind people”, like the ones we have now. Kamuzu had eyes, Bakili had eyes, Bingu had eyes. The current leadership is blind. They dont see the problems that will come with this. We have already tied our hands, by accepting to negotiate what already belongs to us. Whichever way we go we have problems. All because we were busy “kutakata” and forgot to deal with the issue as leaders. My foot!

  10. ndirande love  September 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    She is too reactive for my loving! I would have expected her to hold that meeting soon after returning from Moz before TZ did anything. Now TZ has said something and she is reacting.

    One thing I see about her is that she really believes that the world out there will always act the same way her hand clappers act in Malawi excusing her for suffering, being a woman and what have you. Her celebrity status, she does not understand that it ends within the PP boarders. People now want to connect with her on substance level and not sympathy level.

    This needs someone who is proactive. The people that need to be spojen to the most on this are Malawians not TZ. It is TZ that has a problem, Malawi does not. Malawi owns it all and it there is anyone to go to court or to initiate discussions, it has to be TZ. Malawi has to go on with life as normal. If TZ wants to attacj, let them do so. That is when Malawi can start something!

    It seems we are confused with this peace loving country thing.

  11. ZIKU WAWANI  September 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    atolankhani, kuzolowera ma allowance. kunchito kwanuko sadakupatseni mmati azikupatsani ndi anthu ena. muzichenjera kumatengeratu kwanu komweko. this is corruption!

  12. nachisale  September 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Kikwete is seeing a woman president and thinking that Malawi can be bullied. Why didn’t Tanzania behave like this when Mutharika was in power. Kikwete that time knew Bingu was one wire. Malawi needs to be firm and not allow Tanzania take our Lake. Tanzania is just being greedy – the country has Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria and the Ocean. Banda needs to up the language.


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