Government has intervened in the eviction of over 15 families that are staying in Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) houses which are said to have been constructed on a private land at Ngumbe in Blantyre.
The families were on Friday given 15 hours to vacate the houses by 9am today after the alleged owners of the land, Costas and Samantha Scordis, obtained a High Court order stopping any activity on the land including occupancy.
But Deputy Minister of Lands Abida Mia visited the affected families around 7am today and assured the families government was handling the matter with owners of the land.
Hours later Minister of lands Kezzie Msukwa and Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda also visited the place and reassured the affected families that the matter was being settled amicably between the Scordis, MHC and government.
Lawyer for the Scordis family Kuleza Phokoso who served the eviction notices to the family on Friday confirmed that the matter was being settled out of court after he held discussions with the lands minister as well as minister of justice Titus Mvalo on the way forward.