Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi on Monday told Parliament that the initial land registration will be free for all citizens of the country.
He was answering to a question posed by the Member of Parliament from Mwanza Central Davis Katsonga who wanted to know whether the land registration would require a fee.
Muluzi said land registration has been taking place in the last 52 years but it was a privilege for the rich.
“In order to address some of the challenges that had been there as regards to land matters, there is no provision that the initial registration itself would attract any fee.
“Land registration was only a privilege for the rich in Malawi, now it is changing, the poorest of the poor should be able to register their land freely,” he said.
The Minister said upon registering the land, the land would belong solely to the owner and not be regarded as public land.
Muluzi said the main reason for the provision was to cater for the vulnerable groups such as women who mostly work in the fields but have no land of their own.