Tanzania President John Magufuli said his country will not be gratified by views of Joaquim Chissano on using Lake Malawi by force, to avoid conflicts in the region.
In his views, according to Africa Online publication, Magufuli called Chisanno’s views a step towards making Malawian’s enemies to Tanzania, which can lead to Tanzanian’s being persecuted in Malawi, Bilateral relationship facing issues and underground movements created.
“Any view that Malawi has not agreed to should and will not be entertained by me and Mozambique is a country that has not seen much peace and Chissano is known to be the advisor to the Presidents.
“Views from such men should not have been entertained in the first place. However your President who is seeing the end at the beginning, want to give you other views,” said Mugufuli to the youth who visited the state house.
Magufuli then pompously boasted that Tanzania has more in Indian Ocean “than just a piece of lake which they let us use for fishing and swimming on it”.
As a president, Chissano led Mozambique during the war from 1986 to 2005 (war ended in 1992 after deaths of many Renamo fighters).
Mozambique’s former President Joaquim Chissano who is chairing the lake dispute between Malawi and Tanzania had given unpopular advice for a go ahead to Tanzania to start using part of the Lake Malawi.
Chissano had told Tanzania that they can start using the lake and they should not be afraid of a
war between the two countries because Tanzania has better weapons.
Among the unpopular advices, Joaquim Chissano had also advised Mugufuli to direct three war ships to be deployed in lake and warned Malawi to refrain from any confrontation because Tanzania has better weapons and that Tanzania should be geared to fight for the lake.