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Housing crisis for chiefs

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Government has said there is a housing crisis for chiefs in the country due to increased number of chiefs’ spouses still occupied in the official residences after the death of a specific local leader.

Director of Chiefs in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Lawrence Makonokaya, said the problem is huge.

He said the ministry is currently in a dilemma on where to house replacements for the departed local leaders, since their families have nowhere to live should they be driven out of the official houses.

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He, however, attributed the problem to a majority of local leaders who do not care to prepare for the lives of their families for eventualities.

“We encourage chiefs to always think of life beyond chieftaincy. Death does occur and we don’t want to see their families destitute, just because there was no proper planning on their part. Meanwhile, life demands that we prepare for our death well in advance for the sake of our relatives,” Makonokaya said.

He advised the traditional leaders to consider doing a bit of saving and investment from their monthly honoraria in order to avoid such inconveniences and embarrassment.

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The revelation comes after Minister of Local Government, Kondwani Nankhumwa, recently hailed Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga who has embarked on a construction project of his private home and a chief’s court.

In the last four years, the country has lost senior traditional leaders like Mazengera in Lilongwe, Chimaliro in Thyolo, Kawinga in Mchinji and Tengani among others.

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