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Surveyors call for more consultations on land bills

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The Surveyors Institute of Malawi (Sim) has asked government to do more consultations before taking the remaining land bills to Parliament in order to have laws that respond to both the current and future needs of Malawians.

Sim President, Elle n Nyasulu, made the remarks in an interview at the end of this year’s Continued Professional Development Workshop in Mangochi, which was held under the theme of “A Surveyor as a Catalyst for Economic Development”.

Nyasulu said currently land has become difficult to acquire, as such, government needs to be careful in its quest to bring sanity into the land economy sector to avoid creating panic among Malawians.

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She said that the current land, related wrangles with bordering countries as well as some local disagreements are as a result of unclear legislations.

“As a professional body, we have always advocated new land laws to respond to local challenges in the sector and we are happy that government has moved with speed to enact these laws. However, we would like to request government to create room for wider consultations because it is not acceptable to have laws that are not welcomed by the locals,” Nyasulu said.

Nyasulu then urged government to priorities the review on land, related laws that hinge on the landed property such as the mining laws, the land economy surveyors, values and the estate agents laws in order to bring sanity in the built environment.

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Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi urged the surveyors to take advantage of the newly enacted land laws to provide solutions to various challenges facing Malawians in relation to land.

“I would, therefore, like to challenge you to be on top of issues when it comes to translating issues in the new land laws into reality on the ground through your various skills,” Muluzi said.

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