Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi said the Land Bill, which President Peter Mutharika signed into law, will help to solve land problems such as land grabbing.
He said this on Saturday in Lilongwe after meeting chiefs from the Central Region to explain to them about the Land Bill.
“My ministry relies on chiefs to help their subjects understand the importance of the Bill. Contrary to what other people are saying, this Bill is goind to benefit everyone,” he said.
Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Patricia Kaliati condemned the practice by some people in the country who grab land that belongs to others.
Said Kaliati: “Land grabbing is unconstitutional and undemocratic. Everyone can have land if he or she follows right and legal procedures. It is, therefore, bad to see that some people can just wake up and grab land from others.”
Her statement comes at a time 23 people have been convicted for invading privately-owned Conforzi Estate and attempting to share the land in Thyolo.
One of the chiefs who attended the meeting, Inkosazana Rosemary Gomani Malinki who represented Inkosi Gomani V of Ntcheu, assured both ministers that she will encourage all chiefs in her district to implement the new Land Bill so that there are no land disputes.
“Land disputes such as land grabbing retard development in society. I will, therefore, make sure that we use this new Land Bill to bring sanity on land issues,” she said. n