Land Reforms Implementation Unit (LRIU)

The Land Reforms Implementation Unit (LRIU)

The LRI Plan identified the need to establish a dedicated unit with a 100% commitment level, the Land Reforms Implementation Unit (LRIU), comprising members of varied expertise to oversee the implementation of the Land Reform Programme including the piloting of the new land laws. The plan provided the composition and the terms of reference for the LRIU. The following listed members of the Unit would be drawn from a combination of MoLHUD and other Government Departments or from open advertisement;

  • Team Leader
  • Economist
  • Legal Counsel
  • Communications Expert
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
  • Systems Analyst
  • Financial Specialist
  • Procurement Specialist and
  • Human Resource Management or Administration Officer.

The LRIU was established in 2019 and has since almost half of its staff/specialists in place, under the Agricultural Commercialization (AGCOM) Project, which is a Malawi Government project that is also piloting implementation of the Customary Land Act through the systematic adjudication, demarcation and registration of land parcels for commercial farmers in cooperatives under the project. As at January 2020, the LRIU has the following specialists in place;

  1. Team Leader, Mr. Davie Chilonga,
  2. Geographic Information Systems/ Land Survey Specialist, Mr. Masida Mbano,
  3. Information Technology/ Database Specialist, Mr. Andrew Kafumbata,
  4. and Assistant Communications Specialist, Mr. Charles Vintulla.

The LRI Plan also provided that the Unit be located within Lilongwe City and report to the Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development. It is now housed in the old Tobacco Control Commission Building in Kanengo, Lilongwe, under a common roof with AGCOM Project Implementation Unit. The LRI Unit is also poised to be independent of MoLHUD technical Departments, but ensure a focus on the reforms and be apart from the day to day work of MoLHUD. In terms of Public Engagement, the Plan highlighted that this will be strengthened through outreach and awareness creation activities to be guided by the Communication Strategy (CS) developed by MoLHUD with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Use of the Strategy will ensure development of unified messages to the stakeholders in an effort to create deep understanding of the new laws and the advantages of implementing them. Different media and channels of communication will be used to engage the communities.