Lawyers question Wandale’s attempts

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has questioned the legitimacy of the attempts by the leader of People’s Land Organization (PLO) Vincent Wandale to form independent states of Thyolo and Mulanje.

MLS President Khumbo Soko said the laws of Malawi do not allow any person or group to form their own government within the territories of Malawi.

“For one to have a state there must be people, a territory and they should be able to collect tax.

“Apart from that they should have a possibility of creating their own laws and be able to create friendship with countries outside theirs which is the most difficult thing,” said Khumbo while adding that Wandale is not meeting the requirements.

Khumbo said although it is difficult for the Malawi government to react on such attempts such behavior must not be supported because it can bring chaos in the country.

Wandale declared the two districts of Thyolo and Mulanje independent states in March 2016 following what he call the failure by the Malawi government to address challenges of lack of land in the two districts.

Wandale announced this week plans to swear in a new cabinet for the new states.

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