Malawi warns Tanzania over lake
Lilongwe – The Malawi government has expressed disappointment with Tanzania’s decision to roll out two passenger ships on the northern part of the disputed Lake Malawi.
In an official complaint tendered to both its East African neighbour ‑ which claims half of the lake – and to the SADC-appointed mediator Joachim Chissano, Malawi says Tanzania’s action is contrary to the intent and interest of the on-going negotiations.
Tanzania’s Minister of Transport, Harrison Makayembe told Parliament on May 20 that they would buy six passenger vessels, two of each to be deployed on Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria.
The ruling Chama Chamapinduzi party went on to announce that the vessels would be on Lake Malawi before the country holds a general election in 2015.
Reacting to the development, Lilongwe has said Dar es Salaam must desist from such confrontational acts.
Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs, Ephraim Nganda Chiume, said he had formally lodged complaints to both Tanzania and Mozambique's Ex-President Chissano.