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Land dispute:Families left homeless in Lilongwe

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By Simon Mponela,

Malawi: Land disputes in Malawi remain the order of the day as people buy land directly from traditional leaders without involvement of the department of lands. The current government and indeed previous government have failed to protect poor Malawians on this matter.

Over 30 families have been rendered homeless after police backed by high court sheriffs demolished their houses in Chisemphere Village at Chitipi in Malawi’s central region district of Lilongwe Thursday morning.

Police refused to give more details and simply said they were executing an order from the high court to demolish the houses on behalf of a Malawian of Indian origin named as Mr Muhamad who bought the land in 2001.

The villagers claimed the police did not give them time to negotiate for a compromise. Some farmers who also claim to own part of the land have cried foul and are currently seeking to get a court injunction.

“We bought the land in 2006 from Group Village Headman Chisemphere… then there was nothing apart from some few houses. Then in 2008 we were told that Mr Muhamad, a Malawian of Indian origin bought the land, about 178 hectors at about K 60 000,” said one of the farmers who opted for anonymity.

 

Families left homeless

Families left homeless

Some of the concerned residents whose houses were demolished said their hope is in despair.

“Muhammad just came here with force in the company of heavily armed police and start demolishing our houses, destroying our property in the course.

“As we are talking now we are hopeless, we are not certain of where we will sleep tonight” said one of the villagers who only identified herself as Kofi.

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