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Malawi: Govt Reunites Warring Ex-Press Agriculture Employees Resettled in Mchinji

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Malawi Government in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have successfully reunited two groups of former employees of Press Agriculture Limited who were resettled at Lusa Estate 69 in Mchinji.

The Government through the Office of the President and Cabinet recently resettled hundreds of ex-Press Agriculture Limited employees from Kasungu to Lusa Estate in Mchinji. However, since they resettled at the farm in 2018, the reallocated ex-employees have engaged in fierce battles among themselves over a number of issues, including land distribution and leadership.

The conflict got worse towards the end of 2021 when two groups calling themselves Asomanje and the other calling Aboma fought over a misunderstanding on leadership and land redistribution.

With financial support from UNDP, the Ministry of National Unity in collaboration with other key stakeholders from the Office of the President, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Kasungu and Mchinji District Councils organized an interest-based mediation to help in bringing back unity between the two groups.

The mediation took place from 27th to 28th April, 2022, where the camps resolved to sheathe their daggers and let peace and unity reign among them.

And speaking during the agreement signing ceremony for the amicable conflict resolution at Lusa Estate 69 on Tuesday, Minister of National Unity Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo commended the two groups for burying their differences to purse social and economic activities that can benefit their families.