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Embattled Salima chief summoned

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A commission of inquiry set up to investigate issues surrounding the protests against Senior Chief Kuluunda of Salima on Monday invited the chief to hear her side of the story.

People who have been accusing her of nepotism have since last week been holding a vigil at Salima District Commissioner’s office demanding Kuluunda’s immediate dethronement.

Salima DC Rodney Simwaka told The Daily Times, on Tuesday, that a team comprising chiefs Mpama, Mlumbe and Liwonde heard the matter.

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“The chiefs called the chief to hear her side of the story. They will make necessary recommendations to the Minister (of Local Government), who will in turn take the information to the President. In this matter, it is only the President who can make the final decision,” Simwaka said.

The angry people on Monday sealed the DC’s offices. Leader of the people, Kingsley Juma said they decided to close the offices because nothing is happening.

“These people are playing hide and seek on the matter. They are not telling us what is delaying the process. We will re-open the offices after being given enough information on what is happening,” Juma said.

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In another interview, Simwaka said the offices were re-opened after they reasoned with the people.

“We told them it would be difficult to address their issues if the offices are closed,” Simwaka said.

The communities claim the senior chief allocated about K212 million meant for land compensations to undeserving individuals who included her relatives.

Last week two ministers, Atupele Muluzi (Minister of Lands) and Samuel Tembenu (Minister of Justice) visited the people at the DC office.

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