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Name: Land Act, 1965 (Cap. 57:01) [Consolidated version L.R.O. 1/1982].
Country: Malawi
Subject(s): General provisions
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1965-06-07
Entry into force:
ISN: MWI-1965-L-86508
Bibliography: Act on-line Act on-line FAOLEX (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) PDF PDF (consulted on 2011-05-05)
Abstract/Citation: The Act makes provision for various matters relating to customary land, private land and public land and powers of the Minister in respect of such land.
The Act consists of 44 sections divided into 8 Parts: Preliminary (I); general (II); Private Land (III); Private land (IV); Customary land (V); User of land (VI); Trespass or encroachment upon, or unlawful occupation of, land (VII); Miscellaneous (VIII).
A Corporation may hold land only with a license from the Minister (sect. 3). The Minister may dispose of public and customary land in accordance with section 5. Unlawful use of public land is declared to be an offence under section 10. Powers of the Minister in respect of private land are set out in sections 11 and following. Customary land is vested in the President and the Minister shall administer and control all customary land and mineral rights thereof. Customary land may be acquired for public purposes under section 27. Section 30 concerns the conversion of customary land in registered land.

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