The Malawi Government says it will not stop elevating chiefs in the country since the traditional leaders facilitate development projects in their areas.
Minister of local government Kondwani Nankhumwa made the remarks in Karonga on Thursday when he was elevating Traditional Authority Mwilang’ombe to Senior Chief.
He said chiefs are the ones who work hard at local level to make sure government plans are implemented
”We recognise the big contributions chiefs bring in as far as the development of an area is concerned and government will continue elevating chiefs so that development continues,” said Nankhumwa.
He then condemned some chiefs who are involved in corrupt practices saying government does not condone such acts.
Nankhumwa said corruption is wrong and evil anywhere hence the need for chiefs to shun it as it retards development of an area.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Member of Parliament for the area Richard Msowoya expressed delight to see a traditional leader from his area getting elevated to senior chief but he advised him to concentrate on development and not politics.
Msowoya also asked government to explain to his constituents whether the elevation is permanent and will still be maintained even if the current chief dies.
“What worries people here is whether the title of senior chief is permanent or temporarily to Mwilang’ombe chieftaincy especially if the current chief dies because sometimes such kind of promotions are being politicized,” he said.