Karonga chiefs to sue Malawi govt over ‘dismissals’

Over 75 Village Headmen who were appointed during former ruling People’s Party (PP) administration in the northern district of Karonga have threatened to take legal action against government for dethroning them.

One of the chiefs Village Headmen Jeremiah told Nyasa Times that they have  received communication from the Group Head Man Mponela who is the second head of chiefs from Traditional Authority Wasambo informing them that the district council has directed all heads of chiefs to dethrone all traditional leaders who were appointed during PP regime saying they are not recognized as chiefs.

Chiefs appointed during PP reign to lose honararium

Chiefs appointed during PP reign to lose honararium

“It was on Thursday last week when we received communication from Group Village Headman Mponela telling us that they have received the letter from the district council commanding them to fire any chief who was appointed during the PP regime saying that we were illegally appointed which is a sad development to us,” he said.

Adding: “What surprises us so much is that the government is the one telling us that we were illegally appointed while we inherit leadership according to our custom.”

Jeremiah said rumours are rife that all the chiefs who were given chieftainship during the PP leadership will not be receiving honoraria “but that does not worry us because being chiefs we exist to help the community in terms of development and other activities not money from government.”

Principal Group Village Headman Mponela agreed having received the letter claiming that all chiefs appointed during PP government are no longer chiefs.

Karonga Council Director of Administration Geoffrey Mkandawire explained that the letter sent is the reminder to the chief to involve the office of the District Commissioner before appointing any chief.

“We have really sent letters to all chiefs in Karonga but our letter is not saying we have fired the chiefs who were appointed during former ruling party, all we are saying is a reminder to them to involve our office in such cases and that Government will ban every chief who will be appointed without the knowledge of the district council,” said Mkandawire.

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10 thoughts on “Karonga chiefs to sue Malawi govt over ‘dismissals’”

  1. Fyambafimpapatile says:

    Mafumu nawonso amene anasankhidwa mu ulamuliro wa PP alibe nzeru kwabasi, chimene anayiwala ndichoti atambala awiri salira khola limodzi, akhaula amenewo, ifeyo tawadyerapo chabe ng’ome zawo zaulele, asanenenso zokhuza mayi JB chifukwa choti anthuwo akuziwa bwino lomwe za chikhalidwe chathu, mudzi umodzi sukhala ndimafumu awiri, agwa nayo amenewo.

  2. Zeze says:

    Wa JB kuwavye mahala nga wa Muluzi. Kasi muzi uli wose mbwenu kukhazikisya fumu? Sometimes i wonder what our presidents think about this country. Namwe tumafumu twambula mahala mukuzomela waka chili chose, wize uyu wamuphalileni ichi, wize uyu wamuphalireniso icho, mbwenu mwahangayika!

    Ngwilisyani ufwiti winu kuti wamulekeni. Kikkkkkkkk

  3. Big Boss says:

    Its not only de PP government that has done that,even de then DPP government did de same.

    Let’s learn nt to politicise things,we r all Malawians regardless of de region or language differences.

    Why only north?

  4. wapa Nkhata Bay says:

    Mafumuwa akubowa. Zoona muzi ndi muzi kukhala ndi fumu yake?
    Vauchizereza. Apa mbwe nde fumu ini.

  5. yes says:

    oooH!!!

  6. Alungwana says:

    When politics gets mixed with traditions.

  7. Weekly mwale says:

    Chieftainship is inherited its not by appointment.what the dpp gvt has done is wrong.what the karonga district council is playing politics with chiefs who are none political! These rural people have a right to take the council to court!

  8. Chikopa says:

    Kukweza mafumu 60000 jb anapanga masamu ? Umbuli ndi matenda amati ndalama zichoka kuti?

  9. Dzukani a Malawi nonse says:

    Mafumu ku Karonga muli panthazi kukana federation mwawona sono ivo vukuchitika sapotani chomeni Vuwa Kaunda kamulikulya kale ndalama zaboma.Kufulumila kuyowoya chifukwa chama K50000.

  10. Wakiki says:

    Nayowire une. mketile nosi mwipilikile miwene. Noshulu ingambo yinyamwike. Ifya fibutila fyandyale ifi mweba nyafyale mwesa wikitile mwiwene. satulye tolo ubwali bgha lisechi ni liseke litulili ilya ngulube.

    ngindile nosi ne wakiki. Kangi unne kupoyowatolo ichakumyitu kwa Kasoba, kuchipake kubitanga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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