The Mzimba paramount chief, Inkosi Yamakosi M’mbelwa the fifth has vehemently denied calls to divide the district into four other districts.
The plans to have the district divided were introduced some time ago but they were suppressed.
Now the calls have resurfaced and were discussed at a district’s council meeting which ended last Thursday, May 12.
According to one of the councillors who is pushing for the division of the district, Fumu Mdolo for Kasitu east ward, dividing the Mzimba would help the district to develop.
Councillor Mdolo said it is very worrisome that the district still remains poor compared to other districts in the country, arguing that the reason behind this is that it is too large hence there is lack of social amenities.
“The idea to split Mzimba is not intended to undermine the authority of our chiefs but we feel that it will increase allocation of resources as each district will have its own recurrent budget allocation as well as development budget allocation,” said Mdolo.
However, Inkosi M’belwa V said he is against the issue to divide Mzimba saying the district doesn’t belong to chiefs and councillors and added that other parties need to be consulted on the issue.
He said the councillors need to follow proper procedure on the matter.
“I am caught in between. This issue of dividing Mzimba started way back. However, the issue need to be discussed with sober minds by leaving emotions aside. We as chief we have welcomed your idea but we feel you have skipped some important procedures which you need to follow.
“The issue of dividing Mzimba need to be discussed at length by consulting all the necessary stakeholders because it is not only councillors and chiefs who make up Mzimba,” said M’mbelwa.
Legislator for Mzimba south, Makwenda Chunga accused the councillors of pocketing money from some organisations to bring up the issue.