Malawi Government has vehemently denied reports that it has lost all the documents and records relating to the Lake Malawi boundary as said in the Daily Times newspaper on Friday. According to the Daily Times newspaper, the development was revealed on Thursday when some Government officials appeared before the Public Account Committee of Parliament.
The report said Government officials openly told the Committee that all the original documents were missing and that only photocopies are remaining. However, Government through the Ministry of Information described the Daily Times report as a misrepresentation of facts. Below is a press statement:
Republic of Malawi: PRESS STATEMENT
MISREPRESENTATION OF FACTS ON LAKE MALAWI BOUNDARY
Government of the Republic of Malawi wishes to inform the nation that it has in safe custody all relevant documentation and records pertaining to all its boundaries, including the Lake Malawi Boundary Treaties as submitted to the Mediation Team.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation appeared before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on 31st August 2017, to respond to financial management issues relating to the financial year 2012/2013.
Parliament wanted to know what the Ministry is doing to ensure that no documents get lost again as it happened with the 2012/2013 financial year documents.
In response, the Ministry informed Parliament that it is improving its archiving system as a matter of neccessity because the Ministry keeps important documents.
The Minisitry cited documents on Lake Malawi only as one example of the important documents it keeps.
Curiuosly however, The Daily Times understood this explaination to mean that documents on Lake Malawi dispute have been lost and they proceeded to make that a front page story on 1st September, 2017.
Therefore, their article on lost documents on Lake Malawi was imagined outside the substance of the meeting between the Public Accounts Committee and the Ministry of Foreigns Affairs and International Cooperation.
Therefore, any information to the contray of the spirit of the discusion is misleading.
Government hopes the above clarifies matters.
Hon. Nicholas Dausi,
GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON & MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY