Malawi government warns chiefs against corruption


Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarcizio Gowelo has warned two newly-installed chiefs Kilupula and Mwalweni of Karonga and Rumphi respectively against corruption.

Kilupula was installed on Tuesday while Mwalweni was installed on Wednesday. The former Mwalweni died in 2013.

Gowelo said corruption deters development and urged the chiefs to be instrumental in ensuring that development projects in their areas are distributed fairly.


He said government has allocated K30 billion to councils for development and urged them to safeguard the use of the funds so that their areas are developed.

During the installation of Kilupula, whose chieftaincy was marred by conflicts for the past five years, Gowelo did not hide President Peter Mutharika’s disappointment when there are such wrangles over heirs to the throne.

“President Peter Mutharika gets concerned over conflicts within a chieftaincy. As government I call upon all chieftaincies to choose the right heirs to the throne so that we do not experience conflicts. If the family knows the right heir, there are no difficulties,” he said.


Mutharika approved William Mwakikunga on November 5 2014 as Chief Kilupula X. He was born on February 27 1953 and has four children.

Paramount Chief Kyungu welcomed Kilupula to the family of chiefs in Karonga and Chitipa and challenged him to be fearless.

He also advised him to respect and serve all his people equally despite their different affiliations.

District Commissioner (DC) Rosemary Moyo said she was happy that the installation had at last taken place.

She said as that was the first installation she had witnessed.

Moyo cautioned the new chief that he would be removed from his position if his people lost confidence in him or when removing him would bring peace to his area.

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