Chiefs urged to stay away from politics

George Mponda

Dedza, February 22, Mana: Deputy Minister of Local Government, Harima Daudi has urged chiefs in Malawi to avoid getting involved in politics but concentrate on developing the nation instead.

Daudi said this during the elevation ceremony of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chauma of Dedza to Senior Chief which took place at Dedza Council Chamber Saturday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Daudi said President Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s administration wants to work together with chiefs to develop Malawi.

“Chiefs are there to serve people who belong to different political affiliations, therefore chiefs should concentrate on developing their areas together with all their subjects who look up to the local leaders for guidance,” she said.

The deputy minister also warned chiefs to avoid being involved in corrupt practices.

Director of Chiefs’ Administration in the Ministry of Local Government, Charles Makanga urged chiefs to ensure that their subjects adhere to COVID-19 guidelines by masking up and limiting the number of people who attend public gatherings like funerals.

In his speech, the newly elevated Senior Chief Chauma commended government for elevating him and he promised to continue working towards uplifting lives of all people in his area.

“Indeed we have people with different political and even religious groups who expect me to serve them without any favour and that is exactly how I work with the people in my area,” Chauma said.

The elevation of Senior Chief Chauma has seen him joining ranks with Senior Chiefs Kachindamoto, Kachere and Sultan Tambala in Dedza.