Traditional Authority Mwansambo of Nkhotakota district has hailed Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development for commissioning a six-member customary land adjudication committee in the area.
In an interview on Thursday, the chief attributed land disputes to lack of proper documentation.
Said Mwansambo: “As chiefs, we are pleased with the committee.
“At first we thought government wanted to reduce our power until things were cleared on how the committee will be working with the ministry.”
One of the committee members, Tryness Sikayenera, said they are ready to help members of their community secure their land.
“We are in an area where land disputes never end. As such, the formation of the committee has excited everyone,” she said.
Land Reforms Implementation Unit land surveyor Masida Mbano said before the official certification, maps showing land in the area will be displayed at a public place where people converge to allow changes to be made, if any.
Other districts that have benefited in selected areas from the mapping exercise include Phalombe, Rumphi and Kasungu.