Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says it will allocate over 500 plots within Lilongwe City.
The land earmarked is within Area 44 which is being developed in terms of electricity and water networks, but it has already been encroached.
Ministry officials led by minister Symon Vuwa-Kaunda visited Area 44, Crossroads and near Bwaila Hospital.
“This is not on. We will check our files and any plot that we don’t recognise, will be demolished and legally allocated to people that applied through the normal process,” he said.
The minister said the exercise will not favour anyone or those with political connections.
Two months ago, Kaunda warned ministry officials against allocating land fraudulently, saying those involved will face the law.
Central Region deputy commissioner for lands Muhamad Selemani said some people connive with chiefs around the city to buy public land.
“Land in the city is public land, so either the city council or the ministry has authority over such land. People that buy land from chiefs do so at their own risk,” he said.
Apart from residential areas, people within Lilongwe scramble for any idle land to erect commercial buildings.