Chief Kyungu wants Karonga declared municipality


Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga has asked government to consider declaring Karonga District Council, a municipality.

Kyungu said this on Friday when President Peter Mutharika visited flood victims at Kakoma Camp before the head of state conducted a rally at Baka School at Karonga Boma.

Kyungu said the district is now qualified to be a municipality because of its infrastructure developments and the economic activities that are taking place in the district which he said are contributing to the country’s status.


“Sons and daughters of Karonga, Mr. Presiden, tinvested a lot in the different sectors in the district. In agriculture, we produce quality Kilombero rice which is very popular at the market across the country. Our infrastructure was planned and is fit to be in the city. In short, the town has all qualifications to be a municipality. Therefore, your excellence, why can’t you just declare Karonga a municipal [Council]?

“We deserve that promotion because we work very hard to develop the district together with the district commissioner’s office, councillors and local people,” argued Kyungu.

However, in his speech, Mutharika did not respond anything related to the proposal despite being seen writing when Kyungu made his proposal.


Mutharika thereafter contradicted Kyungu over the naming of Chitipa- Karonga road to be Bingu Highway.

Earlier on, Kyungu said chiefs in the two districts accepted to name the road Bingu Highway in honour of the former head of state.

To the contrary Mutharika said he was naming the road Bingu Highway after the chiefs, with approval from the district’s council, proposed to the Ministry of Transport to have the road named after Bingu.

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