Nsanje chief accused of demanding bribes from hunger victims

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A chief in Malawi’s Lower Shire district of Nsanje has been reported to have demanded money from hunger victims in order to allow them to receive humanitarian aid, Malawi24 has learnt.

Residents of Village Headman Andiwelo of Traditional Authority Mlolo in the district have complained that their village head demands K5000 so that they can be registered for humanitarian support programs.

The residents further disclosed that they failed to raise the money to be paid to the chief, a development that has seen them not appearing on the list of beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, authorities in Nsanje have suspended Village headman Andiwelo of the district after he was found guilty of abusing the MVAC food response.

Nsanje, Hunger

Nsanje, Hunger ( Image Credit- IRN.com –
Kristy Sleegfried)

Chief Mlolo said village headman Andiwelo has been suspended for abusing his power as he was found with three ration cards.

The suspension comes barely few weeks after some chiefs in the Lower Shire district of Nsanje were also accused of demanding sex from their subjects in exchange for humanitarian food.

Recently, Link for Citizen Empowerment (The Link), a women’s rights body working in Nsanje and several other districts in the country reported that hungry and poor girls and women in Nsanje District are forced to sleep with some exploitative traditional leaders in exchange for humanitarian food.

But Chief Malemia of Nsanje described the report as silly and aimed at tarnishing the good image of chiefs in the district.

“There is no chief in Nsanje who engages in such malpractices, that is untrue and can never happen,” he said.

He said people should treat traditional leaders with honour and respect instead of sarcasm.

But Link for Citizen Empowerment director Jephter Mwanza, whose organisation carried out the survey, defended the results.

Meanwhile, Senior Chief Malemia is yet to comment following village headman Andiwelo’s suspension.

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  1. It is a common practice in most parts of this contry. poor pple especially in BT rural, samama vg, TA kuntaja are the victims of the same situation. village leaders demand sex & money 4rm the poor to benefit 4rm WFP. VG heaa is aware of that

  2. It is a common practice in most parts of this contry. poor pple especially BT rural, samama vg, TA kuntaja are the victims of the same situation. village leaders demand sex & money 4rm the poor to benefit 4rm WFP. VG heaa is aware of that

  3. kmanso amalawi azanga ngati tikuchitilana nsanje tokhatokha pachibale,dziko lingatukuke bwanji? ndimasilila mitundu yachimwenye ndi china safuna kumuwona mzawo or m’bale wawo akuvutika koma amamuthandiza ndithu posawerengera kuti chumacho achipeza movutikila kpena mofewa chonde*100 olemela sikuti munangobadwa nkufikila panenepo ai muzigani mukamapondeleza amzanu pliz kukondana kwa pamtundu,mbumba ngati m’mene amachitira amwenye or machima,cikondi pasogolo cidano pambuyo tikatero kudela kwathuko kudzatukuka mosayang’ana nkhope

  4. Mfumyu yanzeru! mbuzi yimadya pamene ayimangilira.Katangale mmalawi is openly done,bwanji atrafic panseu,ndiye mfumuyi yitsalire?This is malawi ,coruption is in our blood.Yambani kaye mwachotsa chilog chiri mmaso mwanumo musana chotse kachitsotso kamfumuyi

    • kkkk abale musandiseketse Eeeh mpaka achotse chilog chili mmaso mwawo asanachotse kachitsotso ka mfumuyo kkkk angomuonerera akufuna azidya okhaaa zaziii!

  5. I think the organizations have to do the exercise of registering the hunger victims themselves otherwise a number of people will starve because of these heartless chiefs. Chikwawa n Nsanje people it’s high time for you to change your mindset you rely on aids too much.

  6. Just for the chief, all the malawi news paper got a word to say, if it’s about Peter and Chaponda, then malawi yonse ali cheeeeeetee

  7. Nanunso mafumu mukupanga bwanji kodi phoso yaulere ndioye mukufuna muwalipirise antbu.Sono masiku akubwerawa anthu akuukilani zasala pang’onotu izi