Chikhwawa Chief demoted for attending MCP rally

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Traditional Authority Chapananga of Chikhwawa district has demoted Senior Group Village Headman Singano to a village Headman for allegedly attending a political rally organised by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera at Nchalo Community Ground.

Senior Group Village Headman (SGVH) Singano has since rejected the order saying he still remains SGVH Singano.

Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga said his headquarters has relegated SGVH Singano to a mere village headman because he attended the rally without informing him.

MCP Rally

MCP rally in Nchalo: Centre of conflict.

He further said that SGVH Singano was not supposed to attend such a rally as it is not a campaigning period for traditional leaders to have the opportunity of attending political rallies.

“The chief must be aware that this is a time to work with the government of the day,” said T/A Chapananga.

But SGVH Singano expressed ignorance about the development saying he has not been officially communicated by T/A Chapananga’s headquarters.

He nonetheless challenged the T/A that he will not accept the demotion saying the decision was arrived at on political grounds.

Commenting on the development, Chancellor College political analyst Joseph Chunga said chief Singano was not wrong to attend the political rally because this is a democratic country and everyone is allowed to attend any function he or she likes.

He however observed that a chief can only be demoted if he involves himself in the affairs of a political party.

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  1. Ithink a T/A democracy simukuyidziwa.chakula apa ndikukhumbana.aSINGANO simunalakwe ndiufulu wanu.u got right to atend any political ralies or not wthout threatening by anyone.fill free ndinu group timakunyadilani.

  2. It is the T/A who needs to be demoted here because he has clearly shown his colours. Singano palibe chalakwa iye pamenepa. In a democratic dispensation, every citizen, including the chiefs, has freedom of association and that should not be construed to mean affiliating oneself with that grouping. Lucius Banda (UDF) recently entertained patrons an an MCP function and that does not imply that he has joined MCP. A T/A mwazitengera pa mgong’o ndale pamenepa….. kapena akutumani…

  3. The position (SGV) can not be demoted but the person holding the position (SGVH) can be demoted. Why punishing the entire area? Umbuli eti

  4. Aaaaah pepani kwa okhudzidwa pa zomwe zawachitikira #amfumuwa koma nkhanii palibepo cha phindu chomwe ambirife tingapeze,.kupatura akubanja la amfumuwo nanga ife akalandira malipiro timadya nawo?

  5. Aaaaah pepani kwa okhudzidwa pa zomwe zawachitikira #amfumuwa koma nkhanii palibepo cha phindu chomwe ambirife tingapeze,.kupatura akubanja la amfumuwo nanga ife akalandira malipiro timadya nawo?

  6. Just attending the meeting of opposition mcp is not an offence unless kupusa kwa mafumu kuthamangira kukomesera zosaziwa ndi zozuzula boma chabwino ndi choyipa chomwe, also not knowing time of campaign and time of development