Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has reinstated Noah Dalasi Chisafali Ngabu as Senior Chief Ngabu of Chikwawa.
Former president Peter Mutharika fired Ngabu due to what he called misconduct towards his subjects.
But a letter dated September 14, 2020 from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development says Ngabu has been reinstated effective September 9, 2020.
“Your reinstatement is based on the findings of the second Commission of Inquiry that His Excellency the President set up in August 2020 to investigate into the allegations your subjects leveled against you.
“The Commission of Inquiry recommended that you should be reinstated to your original status of Senior Chief and Traditional Authority of Chikwawa District,” reads the letter.
In a letter dated December 12, 2020, Mutharika said the Chiefs Act gave him powers to fire chiefs who abuse their positions.
“I, Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, pursuant to powers vested in me by chapter 22:03, part 1, section 11(b) and 9(c) of the chiefs Act, do hereby remove you Noah Dalasi Chisafali Ngabu from exercising the functions of Senior Chief Ngabu of Chikhwawa District.[This is] with immediate effect due to recommendations arising from the commission of inquiry conducted in August, 2019 into your alleged misconduct towards your subjects under your jurisdiction,” reads the letter.
Senior Chief Ngabu has confirmed being reinstated to his position of Senior Chief by President Chakwera.
“I am happy that Community of Inquiry which President Chakwera instituted found me to have done nothing wrong. The former president in his letter said he fired me because of allegations of abuse towards my subjects. I asked him to institute a Commission of Inquiry to look into my conduct but he didn’t.
“Chakwera instituted the inquiry and here I am. You should also know that in all this we never resorted to violence,” he said.