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Malawi’s deputy land Minister Abida Mia bites hard! Orders paper tracking amid suspected encroachment

Lands Deputy Minister Abida Mia

By Trifonia Jimu

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Deputy Minister of Lands, Abida Mia has on Friday March 12, 2021 ordered for the immediate commencement of paper tracking that will establish the truth behind reports of encroachment on public and customary land encompasses and places surrounding Mpemba Staff Development Institute (SDI) compass in Blantyre.

Officially, Mia made the order during her visit to the college in response to media and citizen reports that the college has since 2018 experienced cases of encroachment of land meant for its future projects by an individual.

The Deputy Minister’s visit was also in response to similar reports that the same encroachers had moved in to illegally acquire some customary land belonging to villagers dwelling in places around SDI.

While on fact finding mission at SDI compass, Mia went through a briefing by the college’s leadership on how college land was grabbed before she engaged chiefs from the surrounding areas.

After the briefings, Mia together with chiefs and officials from the Ministry of Lands embarked on a field tour to sites where land is reported to have been encroached with key leads of documented directions on maps.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister has allocated a period of seven days for officials to get through paper tracking that she earlier ordered to commence.

The Council Chairperson for Blantyre Mussa Chikwawa, Acting Group Village Headman Somba and officials from Lands Department were among those that accompanied the Deputy Minister on the fact finding mission.

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