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Fear grips Malawians over Tanzania’s war threats August 9, 2012

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  1. Kurzweil

    Kurzweil JF-Expert Member

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    Malawi is known as the Warm
    Heart of Africa because of its
    peace and tranquility but the
    current diplomatic row with
    her neighbour Tanzania has
    created panic among its
    people, particularly those
    living along the two
    countries’ border.
    The fear has ensued
    following media reports
    quoting Tanzania authorities
    that they were ready to go
    to war with Malawi if the
    country continues with its
    plans to explore gas and oil
    on Lake Malawi.
    Malawi awarded a contract to
    UK’s Surestream Company
    last year to conduct an
    Environmental Impact
    Assessment (EIA) on the lake
    which is believed to have oil
    and gas in abundance.
    Basing her argument on a
    common international law
    which stipulates that when
    two countries are separated
    by a body of water, the
    border is at the middle of
    that body, Tanzania claims
    half of the lake belongs to
    her as such Malawi cannot
    explore oil on it.
    And Malawians living in
    Karonga and Chitipa, the two
    border districts with
    Tanzania, are getting
    worried with their safety as
    some are already planning to
    flee following the war
    remarks by Tanzania.
    Tanzania’s Minister of
    Foreign Affairs Bernard
    Membe this week told his
    country’s Parliament in
    Dodoma should Malawi not
    stop its plans to explore oil
    on the lake they will regard it
    as an act of aggression.
    No panic
    But Malawi’s Minister of Home
    Affairs and Internal Security,
    Uladi Mussa, speaking to
    Zodiak Broadcasting Station
    (ZBS) on Tuesday asked the
    people in the two districts to
    remain calm assuring them
    nothing would happen.
    “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,” reported the radio.
    The minister reaffirmed that
    the entire lake belongs to
    Malawi adding that
    government has evidence to
    prove its point.
    Mussa further said
    government will not stop
    exploring oil on the lake as
    demanded by Tanzania
    saying “they [Tanzanians]
    have no powers to do so”.
    “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.
    Malawi arguments
    Malawi government argues
    that the principle being
    pursued by Tanzania- that
    the border is along the
    middle- only applies where
    there is no treaty but in this
    scenario the border was
    clearly and specifically
    defined in the 1890
    Heligoland Treaty.
    Germany and Britain, colonial
    masters of Tanzania and
    Malawi respectively, signed
    the treaty after the issue- of
    the border between the two
    countries- was clearly
    In addition, records show
    that in 1963 Heads of State
    of Organisation of African
    Union (OAU) made a
    resolution that member
    states should recognize and
    accept the borders that were
    inherited at the time of
    The leaders also made
    similar resolutions in 2002
    and 2007 during the African
    Union (AU) summits.
    However, Malawi
    Government’s decision to
    extract gas and oil on Lake
    Malawi has not only touched
    on the raw nerves of the
    Tanzanians but many
    Malawians as well who have
    argued that the
    disadvantages of the project
    far much outweigh the
    Malawi, a former British
    colony, and Tanzania, once
    ruled by Germany, are due to
    hold showdown talks on the
    disputed border in the
    northern Malawian town of
    Mzuzu on August 20.
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