The Africa Review has published a piece titled “Hydrocarbons and the rise of resource nationalism” that highlights some of the current or resolved disputes between African countries over land and water that may be sitting on vast mineral reserves. Tanzania and Malawi are not the only two neighbouring countries in a deadlock.
- Tanzania and Malawi disputing ownership over Lake Malawi/Lake Nyasa after the Government of Malawi awarded two companies with exploration licenses
- Somalia and Kenya disputing offshore blocks that Kenya has licensed for exploration
- South Sudan and Kenya disputing the Ilemi Triangle in northwestern Kenya
- Sudan and South Sudan failing to settle on agreement over borders of Abeyi region; both parties seek control of the town of Heglig in the oil-producing region of Southern Kordofan
- Nigeria decided not to appeal the International Court of Justice’s 2002 decision to give the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon
Do you know of any more countries disputing land because of what may/does lie beneath the surface? If so, let us know by commenting below.