CHIKWAWA (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow) –Veteran politician and former Minister Mr Clement Khembo is involved in a land wrangle with villagers in Chief Ngowe area in Chikwawa district.
The battle started in November 2011 when the late Chief Ngowe real name Wilson Chinkono allocated 1584 hectares of land to Khembo who wanted to use it to build a sugar factory and for cultivating sugarcane.
This did not please members of the community in the area who took the matter to Blantyre court and to their surprise, ministry of lands approved the lease to Khembo on 31 July 2015 and he started developing it.
On his part, Khembo said there are no land battles and soon he will start developing the area to fulfil his vision.
“I will not leave the land, I will fulfill my vision of coming up with another sugar factory in Chikhwawa district and the land wrangles are over,” said Khembo.
Members of the community have blamed the minister of lands for rushing to issue the lease before everything was settled and they have threatened that they will not allow the politician to continue with his developments on the land because he took it in a dubious manner.
Khembo served as the Disability Minister during the reign of the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
He was once a controversial regional governor for the south of United Democratic Front (UDF).