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Human Rights Consultative Committee on the border dispute

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By Simon Mponela,

Malawi: The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) in Malawi, says it is disturbed by the ongoing border dispute between Malawi and Tanzania on Lake Malawi.

Undule Mwakasungula the HRCC chairperson and his deputy Margaret Ali have suggested that a third party should mediate to put the issue to rest.

In a statement released November 10th, HRCC argue that although the border dispute might be historical, it is disturbing that the latest row has resurfaced shortly after Malawi publicised its intentions to explore oil.

Malawi Tanzania Border dispute

Malawi Tanzania Border dispute

“While we do not want to be tempted to take sides, HRCC believes the issue should not really be as complicated as it appears on the surface, taking into consideration that both Malawi and Tanzania are using the same Heligoland Treaty of 1890 to build their case,” reads a statement.

Surestream a UK based company was awarded a dubious contract by the previous government to explore and drill oil from Lake Malawi. The current government is currently investigating the contract terms. Most Malawians are worried that the oil exploration will have a several impact on the wild life and the local people whose livelihoods depends on fishing.

On the socioeconomic front in the country, HRCC has welcomed President Joyce Banda and her deputy Khumbo Kachali’s decision for slashing their salaries by 30 percent, saying the gesture is a commitment to walking the talk on sacrifice.

But HRCC has expressed worry about the development of the Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) without consulting some key stakeholders such as the civil society.

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