8 August 2014

Malawi: Lilongwe Men Cash in On Undeveloped Land

Lilongwe — A team of about 10 men Thursday declared a stretch of land along Kaunda Road opposite Area 47 in Lilongwe for sale to residents from Piyasani, Mtsiliza, Mtandire and surrounding areas without consent from authorities. When Malawi News Agency (Mana) crew visited the site Thursday morning, four dread-locked men and a few others were busy "selling" small portions of land to willing customers who had gathered in large numbers.

"We want to turn the land into a big market so we are breaking it into small pieces of 5m by 3m which is enough for a shop," explained one of the "sellers" who could not reveal his name.

The prices of the portions of land was MK3,500 in the morning but due to high demand, it shot to K100,000 in the afternoon.

The men could not explain who had authorized them to sell the land but they claimed that the area harbours thugs and by turning it into a market they could solve the problem.

"A lot of people walking from the Kaunda Road to Piasani have been robbed around this place especially during growing season when the maize crop is not yet harvested," explained the man.

Lands and Housing Principal Secretary, Ivy Luhanga, could not comment on the matter saying she needed to get more information.

"Our team went there to find out but we are yet to get more information," Luhanga told Mana.

It is not clear whether the area in question is a private land but some residents claimed the land belongs to a man called Zaire.

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