Lake border dispute: Tanzania surprised to hear what Malawi is planning

The decision by the Malawi government to proceed with oil exploration on the disputed Lake Nyasa (Malawi) has caught Tanzania by surprise, reports East African’s Business Week newspaper.

That, last month, the Malawi government invited the general public to provide feedback on the
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) over oil exploration on Lake Nyasa (Malawi). The 500-page ESIA study is based on a proposed survey to be done by British-based company, Surestream Petroleum Company on the lake.

Tanzania, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman, Mkumbwa Ally told East African Business Week Tanzania was surprised to hear what Malawi is planning.
“We are studying the situation, but I am of the opinion that our neighbours are going against the mediation process,” 
he said and added that Malawi’s intentions would frustrate the mediation process.