Landnet last week conducted a land rights campaign to 11 village natural resources committees (VNRCs) surrounding Kuti Ranch in the area of Senior Chief Kalonga in Salima.
The campaign was aimed at equipping VNRCs with knowledge about raising awareness on land rights of the people in vulnerable communities and educating them in taking proper channels on how they can defend their land rights.
Speaking after the campaign, Landnet programmes manager, Joseph Gausi, called on government to amend laws that favour local communities in access to land and other natural resources.
“The awareness is supposed to reach each and every Malawian because land issues are all over but we are first targeting communities whose problems we are aware of,” Gausi said.
Chairperson for Kuti Community Trust, Ediger Kamanga, who spoke on behalf of VNRCs, commended Landnet for educating them on land rights and other issues related to land ownership.
“We did not know where to complain when our rights regarding land issues were violated, but Landnet has enlightened us,” said Kamanga.
Landnet is a 40 membership organisation which advocates for policies and registration on land and other natural resources.