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T/A Ngabu wrangle case back in court Friday

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The High Court in Blantyre will on Friday start inter-partes hearing of Traditional Authority Ngabu’s chieftaincy wrangles between Minister of Sports Francis Kasaila and others, against Tony Chapo, who is representing three royal families of the chiefdom.

The court on March 9 granted an injunction stopping Kasaila, and four others from necessitating installation of Steven Chakuuma as Traditional Authority Ngabu in Nsanje.

Defence Lawyer Kuleza Phokoso confirmed that the case returns in court on May 4.

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“The case is coming for continuation of hearing on 4th May at 10am at the High Court before Judge Jack N’riva,” he said.

Court documents which The Daily Times has seen indicate that Kasaila, Harrison Luwishi, Senior Chief Tengani and Traditional Authority Chimombo allegedly imposed Chakuuma as the new Traditional Authority Ngabu, against the wish of Kanyama, Kamemebe and Ngabu families.

The order, which the complainants obtained stops the defendants from installing or inaugurating Chakuuma as Traditional Authority Ngabu until full hearing of the matter.

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“The defendants, their agents and/ servants or whosoever acting on their behalf be restrained from installing or inaugurate Mr. Steven Chakuuma, the 5th defendant herein as Traditional Ngabu within the claimant’s area or village until the hearing of the matter or until a further order of the court,” reads the order in part.

The complainants argue that the imposition of Chakuuma as Traditional Authority Ngabu is politically motivated and violates the Sena/Mang’anja customary laws.

The families also accuse Kasaila of being an outsider who should have nothing to do with the Ngabu chieftaincy.

The Chapo camp wants the High court to declare that they are the rightful heirs to the TA Ngabu throne as opposed to Chakuuma who is poised to be installed as the new chief.

The court documents show that the Ngabu Chieftaincy rotates among the Kanyama, Kamemebe and Ngabu families.

The throne fell vacant on the death of Frank Wolesi from the Kamemebe family with the next in line being the Kanyama family.

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