Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Charles Msosa has said the Customary Land Act is essential for the economic development of the country.
The PS said this on Friday in Lilongwe during a stakeholders meeting on the draft subsidiary legislation to the Customary Land Act.
Msosa observed that once the Act is in place, it would attract funding for various development projects in the country.
“The Act will reduce the burden most traditional leaders had in the country in settling land issues on customary land. It will act as a guideline to the management of land issues in the country,” he said.
Msosa cited the Shire Valley development project and other agriculture commercialisation projects which needs the support of the Customary Land Act for its smooth implementation.
He thanked Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other development partners for funding the meeting and appealed to them to continue providing financial and technical assistance to the development of the Act.
Traditional Authority (TA) Mlolo of Nsanje thanked the ministry for including traditional leaders to the review of the draft legislation, saying this has enabled them to appreciate what is contained in the new Customary Land Act.
She said the new Act would be best be implemented if more sensitisation meetings are conducted across the country so that more Malawians understand the new law regarding the customary land issues.