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Land related bills in parliament Friday

Written by  Sam Phiri

Government has finalized the land related bills and will be tabled in parliament next week Friday.

Justice minister Tembenu Justice minister Tembenu

According to the Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs, Samuel Tembenu, meetings are underway to finalize the bills.

The development comes amid concerns from members of parliament in the 46 session of parliament who noted that Malawians are becoming tenants on their own land due to weak laws.

One of the members of parliament who spoke strongly on the issue was Dowa South East` Harry Njoka of the opposition Malawi Congress Party.

“Foreigners are taking advantage of our poverty to manipulate us, you will notice that from Chingeni to Zalewa and most shops in town are owned by foreigners which is not healthy for our country.” he said.

And when MBC asked Tembenu,he said the bills are almost ready to be tabled.

“Almost 6 out of 11 bills have been passed through the cabinet committee and will be sent to government press for printing,” he said.

The land bill was passed in parliament however former president Joyce Banda refused to ascent to them following some issue that were raised from CSOs.

The related land bills include land bill, physical planning bill, surveyor’s bill, land acquisition bill, the register land bill.

According to Tembenu, the bills intend to regulate how land is owned in the country.

If passed, it will mean that foreign nationals in Malawi will no longer be allowed to own land except when they enter into a partnership or joint venture with a Malawian to use the land for investment purposes only.

Reads Section 4(1) of the Bill: “A person who is not a citizen of Malawi shall not be allocated or granted freehold land unless it is for investment purposes in accordance with the Investment and Exports Promotion Act, 2012, and that such investor has formed a partnership or a joint venture with a Malawian.”

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