Malawi Government has asked traditional leaders in the country to refrain from corruption and bribes but lead their subjects with love and dignity.
Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Esther Majaza made the call on Saturday at Maganga Sports Ground during elevation and installation of seven Nkhata Bay chiefs.
She elevated Traditional Authority (TA) Mkumbira to Senior Chief, Sub Traditional Authority (STA)Fukamalaza and STA Mnyalubanga to Traditional Authorities, Group Village headman (GVH) Mndora and Khoza to STA and installed TA Boghoyo and STA Mkondowe.
Majaza said that corrupt chiefs are not honoured and loose dignity.
“Let me ask chiefs in the country to refrain from corruption and bribes. If you are found government is going to suspend you as it is evil. We want a country which is free from corruption,” the Deputy Minister explained.
On chieftaincy wrangles, she appealed royal families to resolve their differences and identify the rightful heir to the throne.
“Development is delayed in areas where there are chieftaincy wrangles as the areas lacks leadership,” Majaza said.
TA Kabunduli urged newly installed chiefs to love their subjects which he said is medicine for successful leadership.
“If you love each and every household in your area you are protected and loved by your subjects. But if you are selective, subjects gang against you when it comes to development. So, let’s love our subjects in everything,” he appealed.
Eleven Traditional Leaders have been elevated and installed in Nkhata Bay district since last year.
Traditional Authorities Mankhambira and Malengamzoma are still rocked in chieftaincy wrangles in the district.- By Aliko Munde