The High Level Mediation Team (HLMT) which is leading the mediation process of the Lake Malawi border dispute between the Republic of Malawi and the Republic of Tanzania is scheduled to proceed with the process during a meeting expected to get underway today in the Republic of South Africa (RSA).
The last meeting was unexpectedly called off at last minute in June this year a situation which the Republic of Malawi condemned citing that “it affects the timing of the conclusion of the mediation process”.
In a statement from the government of Malawi, it has been indicated that the country will take part in the meeting to be held in the Republic of South Africa..
“The Government of the Republic of Malawi wishes to inform the general public that Malawi will participate in the Mediation process on Lake Malawi Boundary Dispute with the Government of the Republic of Tanzania, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 11th to 12th July, 2017”, reads the statement in part.
The statement further expressed optimism that everything will go in a right way assuring all citizens of Malawi that the fight won’t be given up.
“The Malawi Government wishes to assure the general public that it will do everything possible not to give up even a single inch of its territory”, added the statement.
Malawi News Hub understands that the border dispute on the north part of Malawi dates back to old days of Malawi’s founding father Dr. Kamuzu Banda and has been unresolved since then.
Recently, the current Malawi leader President Peter Mutharika faulted former State President Joyce Banda for continuation of the dispute.
However, Banda refused to carry the blame saying that it wasn’t time to be pointing fingers at each other but to unite as a nation in fighting for justice.
The government of Malawi also expressed interest to take the matter to international courts.