President Joyce Banda Saturday elevated Traditional Authority Nthache of Mwanza to Senior Chief, saying the chief’s commitment towards development work in the country is the reason of his promotion.
PBanda announced the elevation of T/A Nthache at Mwanza EPA ground where she held a developmental rally.
“I’m elevating Chief Nthache to Senior Chief because of the good work you are doing in your area and I want other traditional leaders to emulate your good example of working with the government of the day,” President Banda said amidst hand happing and cheers from thousands of people who attended the rally.
She said it is the wish of her government to work with chiefs who are development-oriented and have the desire to bail out people from the hurdles they face.
She said chiefs need to be respected as they play a crucial role in helping government reach out to communities with various developmental programmes.
The Malawi leader said from this October to April next year her government agenda would be on food security, saying she wants every citizen to be food secure.
“Government will soon launch commercial fertilizer subsidy and we will also be distributing relief maize to hunger stricken families.
“Besides, we will also provide other farm inputs to small scale farmers so that the country becomes fully food secure,” she said.
She announced that starting from next week government will be distributing relief maize to hunger stricken families and all ADMARC depots would be filled with maize for the citizenry to buy it at an affordable price and warned any malpractice in the selling of maize.
On governance, the President said her government is very committed to ensuring that all the fundamental principles of good governance are being adhered to at all levels.
“We will make sure that there is accountability and transparency when it comes to government resources. My government will prosecute anyone found stealing government resources,” she warned.
The President also repeated that she would not resign from presidency simply because her government has taken a tough stance on corruption and fraud.
“Other people are accusing me because my government has exposed corrupt practices which have been taking place for years at Capital Hill.
“It is my duty to protect what belongs to citizens hence the need to protect people’s resources from being stolen,” she explained.
Banda urged people especially women to venture into small scale business so that they achieve economic dependency in their families.
She then distributed 20 cattle to Mwanza and Neno districts as one way of empowering vulnerable households.
“This government is committed to reducing poverty in the country through the initiatives I have set aside,” said President Banda.
Earlier, newly promoted Senior Chief Nthache thanked government for many developmental programmes that have taken place in his area such as the rural electrification at Thawale Secondary School and last year’s distribution of maize to 12, 000 families.
He, however, asked government to renovate police offices and houses, finish the fence of Mwanza District Hospital and construct maternity ward and guardian shelter at the hospital, among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :