President Peter Mutharika has removed Noah Dalasi Chisafali Ngabu as Senior Chief Ngabu of Chikwawa District due to what the Malawi leader calls misconduct towards his subjects.
In a letter dated December 12 2019, Mutharika says the Chiefs Act gives 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 Chikwawa District.Advertisement
“[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,” the letter reads.
Ministry of Local Government spokesperson, Muhlabase Mughogho, confirmed the development but could not immediately say what becomes of the chieftaincy itself.
Ngabu declined to comment on the matter.
“The President has powers to remove chiefs. I do not want to comment in haste because it will be seen as if I have something against him. Come back to me on Wednesday, I will be able to comment,” he said.
Some people in Senior Chief Ngabu conducted a vigil at Chikwawa District Commissioner’s office demanding Senior Chief Ngabu’s removal alleging a number of abuses.
After the vigil, a commission of inquiry was established to look into the allegations.