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Government speaks tough on chieftainship wrangles

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By Wezzie Gausi, Contributor:

Kondwani NankhumwaLocal Government and Rural Development Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has said chieftainship wrangles retard national development.

Nankhumwa made the remarks in Mchinji District on Saturday during the elevation of Mlonyeni, from Traditional Authority to Senior Chief.

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He said Mchinji is one of the districts blighted with chieftainship wrangles.

“As much as we acknowledge that chiefs are custodians of culture, there is need for people to work together and follow procedures regarding chieftaincy as each chief has roots.

“Apart from that, my ministry has noted with deep concern that some traditional leaders are involved in corrupt practices when registering beneficiaries for the public works programme. For example, they are putting names of their relatives as beneficiaries, leaving out the most vulnerable people. Once found, such chiefs would be replaced, in line with the Chiefs Act,” he said.

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Mchinji District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha, urged traditional leaders to be aware of their roles.

She said, despite that the government has promoted a good number of cultural custodians, some of them do not know their roles.

“We advise newly promoted chiefs to work hand-in-hand with their subjects regardless of their ethnic background,” Nawasha said.

Apart from elevating Mlonyeni, Nankhumwa also elevated Senior Group Chimwala to Sub Traditional Authority at a ceremony held at Kamwendo Model Primary School ground in Mchinji

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