CHAPTER 18:04
REGIONAL AND DISTRICT BOUNDARIES AND PLACE NAMES

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   SECTION

   1.   Short title

   2.   Division of Malawi into Regions and Districts

   3.   Power to amend First Schedule

   4.   Interpretation of laws

   5.   Alteration of place names, etc.

       First Schedule

       Second Schedule

42 of 1967
G.N. 96/1968
201/1968
3/1970
199/1970
268/1970
88/1971
109/1971
62/1972
161/1973
7/1979
8/1979

An Act to provide for the division of Malawi into Regions and Districts and for alterations to such divisions to provide for the conferring and altering of place names and for matters connected therewith

[29TH DECEMBER 1967]

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Regional and District Boundaries and Place Names Act.

2.   Division of Malawi into Regions and Districts

   (1) Malawi shall be divided into the Regions referred to in the First Schedule, each of which shall be comprised respectively of the Districts as set out in the First Schedule.

   (2) Malawi shall be divided into the Districts specified in the First Schedule the boundaries of which shall be the boundaries appropriate to such Districts as set out in the First Schedule.

3.   Power to amend First Schedule

   The President may, from time to time, as he thinks convenient or expedient for the purposes of administration, amend any or all of the divisions of Malawi provided for under section 2, varying the number of divisions, altering the boundaries and the names thereof or providing new names, and for this purpose may, by Order published in the Gazette, amend the First Schedule.

4.   Interpretation of laws

   (1) References in any written law to a Region or District by a name specified in the First Schedule shall, unless a contrary intention appears, be read and construed as references to the Region or District, as the case may be, the boundaries of which are described in such First Schedule.

   (2) Where the President by Order under section 3 alters the number of Regions or Districts, or alters the name or boundaries of a Region or District, every written law shall be read and construed with such modifications and with such alterations of names as may be necessary to give effect to the President’s Order.

5.   Alteration of place names. etc.

   (1) The President may, from time to time, as he considers it convenient or expedient so to do, by Order published in the Gazette, confer a name on any Municipality, Township, village, lake, river, mountain, hill, valley, place, area or geographical feature or location which has no name, or may in like manner alter any name already conferred on the same, or by which the same may be known, and any such name conferred or substituted shall have effect for all purposes and all written laws.

   (2) Where the President, by Order under this section, alters or substitutes any name, every written law shall be read and construed with such modifications and with such alterations of names as may be necessary to give effect to the President’s Order.

   (3) The place names specified in the second column of the Second Schedule shall be deemed to have been substituted for the place names specified in the first column of the Second Schedule with effect from the dates respectively specified in the third column of the Second Schedule as though substituted by virtue of an Order or Orders made under subsection (1) for the purposes of subsection (2) and may be altered or amended in like manner as an Order made under subsection (1).

FIRST SCHEDULE

1. THE NORTHERN REGION comprising

(a) Karonga District

   Commencing on the Malawi-Tanzania international boundary at the confluence of the Manolo River and the Songwe River; thence by the Manolo River upstream to its confluence with the Kasongwe Stream; thence by the Kasongwe Stream upstream to its source in the Nambatata Hills; thence in a straight line in a westerly direction to the source of the Nalupanga Stream; thence by the Nalupanga Stream downstream to its confluence with the Ndamutakwa River; thence in a straight line in a southerly direction through the continuation of the Nambatata Hills to the source of the Kanuwiri Stream; thence by the Kanuwiri Stream downstream to its confluence with the Makeye River; thence by the Makeye River downstream to its confluence with the Kavira Stream; thence by the Kavira Stream upstream to its source in the Mwakalomba Hills; thence in a straight line in a southeasterly direction for a distance of approximately 2½ miles to NdelemaHill; thence in a straight line in a south-westerly direction for a distance of approximately 1 1/4 miles to the source of the Pinda Stream; thence by the Pinda Stream downstream to its confluence with the Lufira River; thence by the Lufira River upstream to its confluence with the Mbalizi River; thence by the Mbalizi River upstream to its confluence with the Bindi River; thence in a southerly direction following the crest of the Chilanga Hills to the source of the Mbuwu River; thence by the Mbuwu River downstream to its confluence with the Lutete River; thence by the Lutete River downstream to its confluence with the Lufira River; thence by the Lufira River upstream to its confluence with the Nyanja River; thence in an easterly direction for a distance of approximately 2 1/4 miles across the Kabunguzi Hills to the Ntowa Hills; thence by the crest of the Ntowa Hills in a south-easterly direction for approximately 5 miles; thence in a south-easterly direction for a distance of approximately 2 3/4 miles to the source of the Masongoni River; thence by the Masongoni River downstream to its confluence with the North Rukuru River; thence by the North Rukuru River upstream to a point which is on the continuation of a line from Kasanga Hill through Mpanda Hill; thence in a straight line in a south-easterly direction through Mpanda Hill to Kasanga Hill; thence in a straight line in a south-easterly direction to the source of the Chitimba Stream; thence by the Chitimba Stream downstream to its mouth; thence in a straight line due east to the eastern shore of Lake Malawi; thence by the eastern shore of Lake Malawi in a northerly direction to its most northerly extreme; thence by the western shore of Lake Malawi to the mouth of the Songwe River; thence by the Songwe River upstream to its confluence with the Manolo River being the point of commencement.

(b) Chitipa District

   Commencing on the Malawi-Tanzania international boundary at the confluence of the Manolo River and the Songwe River; thence by the Manolo River upstream to its confluence with the Kasongwe Stream; thence by the Kasongwe Stream upstream to its source in the Nambatata Hill; thence in a straight line in a westerly direction to the source of the Nalupanga Stream; thence by the Nalupanga Stream downstream to its confluence with the Ndamutakwa River; thence in a straight line in a southerly direction through the continuation of the Nambatata Hills to the source of the Kanuwiri Stream; thence by the Kanuwiri Stream downstream to its confluence with the Makeye River; thence by the Makeye River downstream to its confluence with the Kivira Stream; thence by the Kivira Stream upstream to its source in the Mwakalomba Hills; thence in a straight line in a south-easterly direction for a distance of approximately 2½ miles to Ndelema Hill; thence in a straight line in a south-westerly direction for a distance of approximately 1 1/4 miles to the source of the Pinda Stream; thence by the Pinda Stream downstream to its confluence with the Lufira River; thence by the Lufira River upstream to its confluence with the Mbalizi River; thence by the Mbalizi River upstream to its confluence with the Bindi River; thence in a southerly direction following the crest of the Chilanga Hills to the source of the Mbuwu River; thence by the Mbuwu River downstream to its confluence with the Lutete River; thence by the Lutete River downstream to its confluence with the Lufira River;thence by the Lufira River upstream to its confluence with the Nyanja River; thence in an easterly direction for a distance of approximately 2 1/4 miles across the Kabunguzi Hills to the Ntowa Hills; thence by the crest of the Ntowa Hills in a south-easterly direction for approximately 5 miles; thence in a south-easterly direction for a distance of approximately 2 3/4 miles to the source of the Masongoni River; thence by the Masongoni River downstream to its confluence with the North Rukuru River; thence by the North Rukuru River upstream to a point which is on a continuation of the line from Kasanga Hill through Mpanda Hill (grid reference 841 805 sheet 1033 B1); thence in a straight line in a south-easterly direction through Mpanda Hill to Kasanga Hill; thence in a straight line in a south-westerly direction to the source of the Ruwumbu River on the Malawi-Zambia international boundary; thence by the Malawi-Zambia international boundary in a northerly direction to the triune point on the Malawi-Zambia-Tanzania international boundary; thence by the Malawi-Tanzania international boundary in an easterly direction to the point of commencement.

(c) Mzimba District

   Commencing at Chimaliro Hill in the northern Vipya Mountains; thence by a line following the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed in a general southerly direction to a point where it meets the Ekwendeni-Nkhata Bay road; thence by the said road in an easterly direction for approximately 2.7 miles to the Kaning’ina Mountains watershed; thence following the said watershed for approximately 5 miles in a southerly direction to a point 0.5 miles due east of the right angled bend in the Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay road (Timbiri track); thence following a straight line due west until it meets the said road; thence following the said road in a westerly direction for approximately 1.3 miles until it meets the Mzuzu Township boundary at Beacon 67; thence following the Mzuzu Township boundary in a southerly and westerly and then northerly direction until it intersects the Mzuzu-Mzimba (Viphya) road in the vicinity of Beacon MD 35; thence following the said Mzuzu-Mzimba road in a westerly and southerly direction until it meets again the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed; thence following the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed, which is co-incident with the Mzuzu-Mzimba road for some 20 miles until it leaves the road near the Luwafwa Stream, in a general south-westerly direction to the source of the Dwambazi Stream; thence by the Dwambazi Stream downstream to its confluence with the Kaunga Stream; thence by the Kaunga Stream upstream to its confluence with an unnamed stream (grid reference 822 483, sheet 1233 B2); thence by the unnamed stream upstream to where it meets the Rupashe (Lipache)-Dwambazi watershed; thence by the Rupache-Dwambazi watershed in a south-westerly direction to the source of the Kasangadzi River; thence by the Kasangadzi River downstream to its confluence with the Rupashe River; thence by the Rupashe River downstream to its confluence with the Dwangwa River; thence by the Dwangwa River upstream to its confluence with the Luwelezi River; thence by the Luwelezi River upstream to its confluence with the Milenje Stream; thence by the Milenje Stream upstream to its confluence with the Mtabua Stream; thence by the Mtabua Stream upstream to its source; thence by a straight line in a north-westerly direction to Mtenkamphande Hill; thence by a straight line in a westerly direction to the northern peak of Makungulu Hill; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the confluence of the Milenje and Kanjarume Stream; thence in a straight line in a north-westerly direction to Kanjazi Hill; thence by a straight line in a north-easterly direction to the confluence of the Kakwari and Msusu Streams; thence by the Kakwari Stream upstream to its source in Phazi Hill; thence by a straight line in an easterly direction to the summit of N’gombe Hill; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the western peak of Mavulamphanje Hill; thence by a straight line in a north-easterly direction to the summit of Kawendama Hill; thence by a straight line in a westerly direction to a point on the main Kasungu-Mzimba road approximately 2,000 yards south of the Embangweni turning which coincides with the Malawi-Zambia international boundary; thence following the Malawi-Zambia international boundary in a northerly direction to the source of the Chamawe Stream; thence by the Chamawe Stream downstream to its confluence with the Luwewe Stream; thence by the Luwewe Stream downstream to its confluence with the Njale Stream; thence by the Njale Stream upstream to its source; thence in a north-easterly direction to the source of the Mphangara Stream in the Kapata Hill; thence downstream by the Mphangara Stream to its confluence with the South Rukuru River; thence by the South Rukuru River downstream to its confluence with the Luzi Stream; thence by the Luzi Stream upstream to its source; thence by a straight line in a southerly direction to Chimaliro Hill, the point of commencement.

(d) Rumphi District

   Commencing at the mouth of the Chitimba Stream the boundary follows a straight line due east to the eastern shore of Lake Malawi; thence by the eastern shore of Lake Malawi in a southerly direction to a point due east of the mouth of the Malangowe Stream; thence by the Malangowe Stream upstream to the point where it intersects the straight line joining the source of the Luzi Stream and Chimaliro Hill; thence by this straight line in a northerly direction to the source of the Luzi Stream; thence by the Luzi Stream downstream to its confluence with the South Rukuru River; thence by the South Rukuru River upstream to its confluence with the Mphangara Stream; thence by the Mphangara Stream upstream to its source in the Kapata Hill; thence in a south-westerly direction to the source of the Njale Stream; thence by the Njale Stream downstream to its confluence with the Luwewe Stream; thence by the Luwewe Stream upstream to its confluence with the Chamawe Stream; thence by the Chamawe Stream upstream to its source on the Malawi-Zambia international boundary; thence in a general north-easterly direction by the said international boundary to the source of the Ruwumbu Stream which flows into Zambia; thence in a straight line in a north-easterly direction to Kasanga Hill; thence in a straight line in a south-easterly direction to the source of the Chitimba Stream; thence by the Chitimba Stream downstream to the point of commencement.

(e) Nkhata Bay District

   Commencing at the mouth of the Malongowe Stream on the western shore of Lake Malawi by a straight line due east across Lake Malawi to its eastern shore; thence by the said eastern shore in a southerly direction to the junction of the Malawi-Tanzania Mozambique international boundary; then in a westerly and southerly direction along the Malawi-Mozambique international boundary and following the median line of Lake Malawi, but including the Islands of Chizumulu and Likoma and the territorial waters thereof, to a point due east of the mouth of the Dwambazi Stream; thence by a straight line due west across Lake Malawi to the mouth of the Dwambazi Stream; thence by the Dwambazi Stream upstream to its source; thence following the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed in a general north-easterly direction to a point where it coincides with the Mzimba-Mzuzu road just north of the Luwafwa Stream; thence following the said road which is coincident with the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed, for some 20 miles until it intersects the Mzuzu Township boundary in the vicinity of Beacon MD 35; thence following the Mzuzu Township boundary in a southerly and easterly and then northerly direction to Beacon 67 situated on the Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay road (Timbiri track); thence following the said Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay road in an easterly direction for approximately 1.3 miles to where it turns sharply south; thence in a straight line due east for approximately 0.5 miles to the watershed of the Kaning’ina Mountains; thence following the said watershed for approximately five miles in a northerly direction to where it meets the Ekwendeni-Nkhata Bay road; thence following the said Ekwendeni-Nkhata Bay road in a westerly direction for approximately 2.7 miles to the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed; thence by a line following the Lake Malawi-Kasitu River watershed in a general northerly direction to Chimaliro Hill in the north Vipya Mountains; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the point where it intersects the Malongowe Stream; thence by the Malongowe Stream downstream to the point of commencement.

II THE CENTRAL REGIONS comprising—

(f) Nkhotakota District

   Commencing at the confluence of the Kaunga Stream and the Dwambazi Stream; thence by the Dwambazi Stream downstream to its mouth on the western shore of Lake Malawi; thence by a straight line due east to the Malawi-Mozambique international boundary on the median line of Lake Malawi; thence by the said international boundary in a southerly direction to a point due east of the Chirua River; thence by a straight line due west to the mouth of the Chirua River; thence by the Chirua River upstream to its confluence with the Kachaje Stream; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the confluence of the Mbwetwe and Nkula Rivers; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the source of the Chamalire Stream; thence by the Chamalire Stream downstream to its confluence with the Ludzi Stream; thence by the Ludzi Stream downstream to its confluence with the Nankhaule Stream; thence by the Nankaule Stream upstream to its confluence with an unnamed stream (grid reference 196 246 Sheet No. 1334 A3/A4); thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the confluence of the Kasangadzi River and Chiguluwindi Stream; thence by the Chiguluwindi Stream upstream to its source; thence by a straight line in a north-easterly direction to the source of the Chikoa Stream; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to the confluence of the Mcholi Stream and an unnamed stream 250 yards south of the Mcholi and Chilijenzeru Streams; thence by the Mcholi Stream downstream to its confluence with the Chilijenzeru Stream; thence by the Chilijenzeru Stream upstream to its source in the Kaning’a Hill; thence in a north-westerly direction to the source of the Chamtapo Stream; thence by the Chamtapo Stream downstream to its confluence with the Lifuliza River; thence by the Lifuliza River downstream to its confluence with the Chafumbi River; thence by a straight line in a northerly direction to a point on the Cabwato Stream 1 1/4 miles east of the trigonometrical station on N’gombe Hill; thence by the Cabwato Stream upstream to its source, thence by a blazed track in a southwesterly direction for approximately 250 yards to an unnamed stream; thence by the unnamed stream downstream to its confluence with the Camsani Stream; thence by the Camsani Stream downstream to its confluence with the Likoa Stream; thence by the Likoa Stream upstream to its source on the eastern spur of the Fumbati Hill; thence across this spur in a westerly direction to the source of the Wephe Stream; thence by the Wephe Stream downstream to its confluence with the Kaombe Stream; thence by the Kaombe Stream upstream to its confluence with the Chivuma Stream; thence by the Chivuma Stream upstream to its source by the Ntchisi-Nkhotakota road; thence by the Ntchisi-Nkhotakota road in a northerly direction to its junction with the Kasungu-Nkhotakota road; thence by the Kasungu-Nkhotakota road for a distance of approximately 2 miles to the source of the Funga Stream; thence by the Funga Stream downstream to its confluence with the Bua River; thence by the Bua River downstream to its confluence with the Damba Stream; thence by the Damba Stream upstream to its confluence with the Kalulu Stream; thence by the Kalulu Stream upstream to its source; thence by a blazed track 200 yards in length and bearing 312° leading across a ridge to the source of the Chisatu Stream; thence by the Chisatu Stream downstream to its confluence with the Liwala Stream; thence by the Liwala Stream downstream to its confluence with the Dwangwa River; thence by the Dwangwa River downstream to its confluence with the Rupashe (Lipache) River; thence by the Rupashe (Lipache) River upstream to its confluence with the Kasangadzi River; thence by the Kasangadzi River upstream to its source; thence by the Rupashe (Lipache) River-Dwambazi watershed to where it meets an unnamed stream (grid reference 821 448 Sheet No. 1233 B4); thence by the said unnamed stream downstream to its confluence with the Kaunga Stream; thence by the Kaunga Stream downstream to its confluence with the Dwambazi Stream; the point of commencement.

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