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Malawians Panic over Tanzania’s War Threats

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by angedizzle, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. angedizzle

    angedizzle JF-Expert Member

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    Malawians in border districts with Tanzania have expressed fear over reports that Tanzania is ready for war if Lilongwe continues exploring oil on Lake Malawi which Dodoma claims half of it belongs to them.Tanzania is basing her argument on common international law which stipulates that when two countries are separated by a body of water, the border is along the middle of that body of water.Newspapers in Tanzania this week quoted Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Membe telling parliament that they had spoken to Malawi to stop the exploration with immediate effect and that any disregard would be an act of aggression.People in Chitipa district, which is close to Tanzania, have been calling Zodiak Online to find out if they are safe with such threats."We are listening to radio stations in Tanzania that they are ready for war if Malawi will go ahead exploring oil on the lake. What does this mean? Are we safe? What is the position of our government," queried one caller from Chitipa.In an exclusive interview with Zodiak Online on the safety of Malawians in such border districts, Minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa said people should remain calm."I should assure all the people in this country to remain calm. We are talking to the Tanzanian government and all will be fine. If push comes to shove we will take the matter to International Court of Justice," said Mussa in the interview which will be aired on radio this Sunday.He however stressed that the whole Lake Malawi belongs to Malawi."There is no issue here. We all know the lake belongs to us. In fact if such a claim came from Mozambique at least it would have made sense to some extent but not Tanzania. We have all the evidence and treaties are there to support that Lake Malawi belongs to Malawi," said the Home Affairs Minister.Will Malawi government accept to stop exploring oil on the lake as per demands from the Tanzanians?"They don't have powers to stop us exploring oil on our lake," said Mussa.Last week Malawi's Foreign Affairs Minister Ephraim Chiume also said Malawi government's conviction is that the lake still remains in Malawi's territory."Tanzania believes that the border should be in the middle of Lake Malawi. They base their argument on common international law whereby situations where two countries are separated by a body of water, the border is along the middle of that body of water," said Chiume adding."It is Malawi's position that the principle which Tanzania depends upon applies only where there is no treaty. It does not apply in this case because the border was clearly and specifically defined in a treaty."In 2011 Malawi awarded gas and oil exploration contract to Surestream to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment on the lake but Tanzania wants this to stop.The border between the two countries was defined in the Heligoland Treaty in signed 1890 by Germany and Britain – colonial masters of Tanzania and Malawi respectively.Furthermore the Heads of State of OAU made a resolution in 1963 that member states should recognize and accept the borders that were inherited at the time of independence. The African Union made similar resolutions in 2002 and 2007.-Zodiak Online
     
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    Jamaa mmoja amesema sisi wa Kyela tukienda kuoga ziwa Nyasa inabidi tuchukue passport!
     
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    hebu peleka vikosi hapo nyasa tuondoe stress zetu za ufisadi.nadhani malawi wanataka tumalizie hasira zetu kwao.

    KWA HISANI YA MTU WA TANZANIA
     
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    kumbe hata kimbari ilianza 'kijinga' hivi hivi??

    Yaani tamko la mamvi ndo tupeleke vikosi??
    Wabunge wa Mbeya wakikubali ntawashangaa sana.

    Au ni mwendelezo wa 'kisasi' kwa wanambeya???
     
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    Ila hawa jamaa kwa brain wako na shida wanasema ziwa kuwa mpaka katikati its okey kwa upande wa Mozambique but not in Tanzania
    Naona wana hamu ya kuchapwa hawa!
    Hawa ni kuwazingira pande zote maana karibia majirani zao wote ni washikaji wetu has mozambique
     
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    wanalialia nini sasa?
     
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    ina maana hata kusafiri kwa meli kati ya kyela na mbamba bay vyombo vyetu vinakuwa vinaingia malawi? it does not make sense!
     
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    vipi mkichota maji na kunywa mtatozwa ushuru?
     
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    At least the thread gives a balanced argument between the two countries! What I should expect our Government to do now is no longer delivering threats but rather to mediate the conflict through international Organizations like AU. On the side of our neighbours (MALAWI), they have to put into hault the on going Exploration within the part of the Lake which we Tanzanians believe to be our rightful territory.
     
  10. Yericko Nyerere

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    Apigwe Joyce Bandaaaaaaaaa!

    Ungamkono JWTZ kulinda mipaka ya Nchi yetu!
     
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    kuna mmalawi mmoja ameandika hivi mtandaoni.........

    "Tanzania is claiming half of lake Malawi. I've seen several comments/ tweets of "let's just go to war." Haha really? You & what army?"
     
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    Malawi wanatutega nini maana sisi ni mabingwa wa kutatua migogoro duniani mfano ya drc,rwanda,burundi,sudani,kenya
    Sasa yametukuta
     
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    Hawa wamalawi hamnazo kweli
     
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    AU ni vibaraka tu.hawamtambui nyerere kama muasisi wa umoja wa afrika.

    KWA HISANI YA MTU WA TANZANIA
     
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    kwa hiyo the whole lake tanganyika belongs to tanganyika?...dah
     
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    Khaaaa,tz tuna vitu vingi sana vya kunufaisha nchi,uranium na tanzanite ni hazina tosha achaneni na mafuta,kama mafuta yapo znz,kama tunahofia shughuli za wa-tz za uchumi ziwani tuwataftie kazi mbdala hata kuanzisha big plantation,waachieni wamalawi ziwa lao,hela ya kuwalipa walimu na ma-dr hakuna,si mnataka kutufilisi hata hichi kidogo tulichonacho? Vita ni fedha nyie dhaifu!
     
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    Malawians need not to panic. Instead they should tell their president to see the light and avoid doom. Shall she persisit claiming that the whole lake belongs to Malawi,it is obvious that soon Malawians especially those on the shores of the lake are likely to start facing the consequences of their leaders folly and vainglorious take. The matter is simple and clear save that Malawian authorities do no ge it. We all support diplomatic efforts to do away from confrontational undertakings. But shall Malawi keep on day dreaming, so be it, teach it the lesson however bitter and destructive it is going to be.
     
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    Mimi niko Lumbila mwambao mwa Ziwa nimeanza kuchimba handaki la kutosha mimi na wanangu, nawashauri na wenzangu wa mwambao kufanya kazi hiyo.
     
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    Nimegundua kuwa Wamalawi pia wana hofu sana na vita, just like we are.
    Kuna jamaa amesema kuwa tuwapige Malawi lkn tuhakikishe kwetu kunakuwa na minimum loss. Hakuna sababu ya kuwa hatana minimum Loss ya maisha ya watu. Ni nani ambaye akifariki inakuwa ni minimum loss?
    Tuache ushabiki kwa vile tunaishi mbali na Z.Nyasa na Mbeya kwa ujumla.
     
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    Wanajua hazina kuna coins tuu Ndio maana wanaandika ivo isitoshe wakina mura wamejenga vitambi tuu hapo Kenya hawajaja na Kilimanjaro Yao waganda na bukoba Yao Jk atamaliza vibaya waziri wa ulinzi Malawi amesema tz haina power kuzuia itafiti wa Mafuta wakati membe anasema wasimame Mara moja kazi ipo Jk kupigana na mwanamke
     
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