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Chief Kyungu fights District Commissioner

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Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga has renewed his call for the removal of District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo exactly six months after government resolved to keep her on the post after similar calls last year which saw a three months industrial action by the workers union at the council.

Kyungu who according to other commentators opted to fight Moyo in the background during the 2015 impulse, has since petitioned the Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development states that chiefs have lost confidence in the DC’s.

Dated April 25, 2016, the letter which bears Kyungu’s signature alone, though it alleges the decision is a collective resolution of all senior chiefs [Wasambo, Mwirang’ombe, Kilupula, Mwakaboko and Kyungu] and local counciors, accuses Moyo of undermining local leaders in the district.

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According to Kyungu, Moyo’s failure to provide transport to chiefs when they attend meetings and explanation on the non-payment of their honorarium is tantamount to ill-treatment of the local leaders.

“We humbly ask your good office to re-assign the DC because we have no confidence in her administration. Many times, T/As walk to attend meetings even when discussing very important issues such as the recent cholera outbreak,” reads the letter in part.

“Chiefs haven’t been paid in the last six months and each time they inquire they are treated and answered as if they were slaves,” it adds.

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In the letter, Kyungu also demands transfer of Chief Clerk Franklyin Mtambo, Sanderson Nyirenda and James Tembo who are directors of finance and administration, respectively.

But Council Chairperson Patrick Kishombe said he and some councillors are not party to the petition and further disclosed that there will be an emergency council meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on the issue which he said stands to flout standing orders of local councils.

When contacted Moyo said she was in a meeting. She is, however, on record that the cholera outbreak has overwhelmed her secretariat hence failing to execute its duties to everybody’s satisfaction.

Meanwhile, the ministry of local government through spokesperson Mulhabase Mughogo has warned the chiefs to proceed carefully on the matter and know their limits.

“We are yet to receive the letter, but I hope Kyungu and his juniors are fully aware of who employed the DC and that the ministry encourages contact and dialogue,” said Mughogho.

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