Paramount Chief Kyungu – the most senior traditional leader in the districts of Karonga and Chitipa – had his delegate, Alexander Mboma, chased out of a “full Karonga District Council meeting” for allegedly flouting local government laws.
According to Chapter Five of the Local Government Act, no member of the council is supposed to send a delegate.
The meeting was supposed to discuss issues regarding the happenings of MASAF 4 project.
Chairperson of the Council, Patrick Kishombe, is said to have asked for the opinion of the members of the council after Kyungu had instructed that Mboma and other chiefs’ representatives should be allowed entry into the chamber.
Kishombe said he had “received a call from Paramount Chief Kyungu ordering the delegates to enter” but the members brushed aside the order, describing it as unlawful.
Deputy Minister of Education Vincent Ghambi, also Member of Parliament for Karonga North, said it would be “unfair” to let the delegates in.
Said Ghambi: “Why should you allow them entry when you denied our representatives entry into this very chamber because we’d sent delegates?” queried Ghambi.
Karonga North West MP John Kamwambi corroborated Ghambi’s sentiments, saying nobody was above the law.
The MPs were reacting to a Nyasa Times story published about four weeks ago, which laid bare the chasing of MPs’ representatives from the council.
Karonga Central MP Frank Mwenifumbo, speaking in personal capacity, had blamed his failure to attend meetings on “jerky communication strategies” on the part of the council.
Mboma, who insisted that he should be allowed entry, said Kyungu was “sick” and could not make it for the meeting thus the delegation.—Additional reporting by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :