Government winds up reviewing land laws

Ministry of Lands says it has completed all the processes in regards to review of land laws in the country.

Principle Secretary for the ministry, Bernard Sande, disclosed this at Parliament Building in Lilongwe during an interface with the Legal Affairs Committee of the house.

According to Sande, the ministry has conducted thorough consultations and that a total of six Bills are set for tabling in the forthcoming November sitting of the House.

“I can tell you this time around we had extensive consultations, they took various forms like workshops, radio phone-in meetings, virtual and physical meetings with various stakeholders.

“We are confident as a ministry that we consulted almost every constituency and stakeholders starting from ordinary Malawians to professional bodies,” said Sande.

The Committee has since expressed satisfaction with the progress the ministry has registered in reviewing the laws.

Legal Affairs Committee chairperson, Peter Dimba, said the update looks impressive.

“November sitting is generally for Bills so I don’t think there will be any problem when they bring all the Bills together, because these Bills cannot be dealt with separately, they are interlinked so they need to be passed together,” he said.

The lands laws earmarked for review include those of Land Act 2016, Customary Land Act 2016, Land Survey Act 2016, Physical Planning Act (2016), Registered Land Act 2016 and Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1970.

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