North Malawi youth discredit ‘chiefs forum’: ‘Bootlickers of sorts’

Youths in Karonga and Chitipa the northern region of Malawi have slammed their traditional leaders’ claim that people in the region are against the call for the country’s President  Peter Muthalika to resign,  saying no chief has consulted them on the matter.

Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi: Did not join the bootlicking troupe of Chiefs Forum

Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi: Did not join the bootlicking troupe of Chiefs Forum

Some chiefs told reporters at a news conference that opposition calls for President Mutharika to resign is unacceptable, arguing that the proposed action is not an answer to the food crisis and economic challenges the country is facing.

But outspoken and influential youth activists Steve Simsokwe, who is also the Executive Director for Karonga Youth for Justice, the chief’s position on the matter does not represent them as community.

Simsokwe said that the chiefs’ action on the issue has openly shown that they don’t know their mandated duties hence they are palmed oil.

“As the youths for Karonga and Chitipa we are wondering who mandated our traditional leaders to speak on our behalf especially on the issue of calling the county’s President Peter Muthalika to resign. We have not been consulted by these chiefs, therefore their stand is null and void as it represents themselves,” said Simsokwe.

“What the chiefs should know is that we are leaving in a democratic system of government where anyone needs to be consulted before coming up with a decision. So the President should know that what the chiefs have said is not from us,” lamented Simsokwe. “The people on the ground have not spoken. Those who are eating are speaking in his defence.”

He wondered that there are many pressing issues affecting youths in the northern region but they chief have remained mum.

“For instance issues of maize scarcity in our ADMARC depots, quota system and regionalism,” he said.

“We know that always government uses our chiefs as a major political tool of silencing the opposition parties as well as concerned organizations especially when it comes to issues like this, however, as the youths we shall not allow this time to be deceived again because we are the ones affected by the current hunger and economic situation,” he added.

Concurring with Simsokwe, Alick Msukwa of Misuku village in Chitipa district wondered where the chiefs in the country through their forum managed to source the fund to hold the news s conference and sleeping in luxurious hotels such as Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu.

On Monday this week, eight senior chiefs and Traditional Leaders (TAs) in the northern region, including senior chief Kameme of Chitipa as well as TA Mwirang’ombe and Kilipula of Karonga held a news conference in Mzuzu where they slammed the opposition parties in the country for calling the President to resign claiming that the reasons behind are premature in the absence of their paramount chiefs.

Senior Chief Mpherembe of Mzimba, who chaired the briefing, claimed that chiefs in the region are against calls for Mutharika to resign, saying the opposition should wait until 2019.

He argued that the resignation calls will only bring “tension” in the country.

However, conspicuously missing were all the region’s three paramount chiefs, namely Chikulamayembe, Kyungu and M’mbelwa V.

Meanwhile, an editorial in the flagship Daily Times newspaper on Tuesday condemned greedy and materialistic chiefs who have betrayed the interests of their people for their own self-aggrandisement.

The paper said the country’s traditional leaders have reduced themselves into “bootlickers of sorts.”

It urged chiefs to play their rightful role in society.

And CCAP Livingstonia Synod, Church and Society, Executive director of Church and Society, Moses Mkandawire, said chiefs should “propagate the truth”.

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ineyo
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ineyo
6 months 19 days ago

If there is one group of people with very corrupt minds are the so called chiefs.

boot lickers always clapping hands for nothing and yet their subjects ate languishing in dire poverty.

kutsamba vimankhwala basi komanso kutamba ndi ntchito zawo

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa
6 months 20 days ago

Bingu and Peter have same style of leadership that’s “Dictatorship”. by the way Bingu failed to run the country just in the same manner Peter is doing. the fact here is, this family of Mutharikas is cursed. No good leader can come from this family. but i wonder why some people see positive things from them. these people are here just to finish plundering the good things Kamuzu Banda left for Malawians. Oh i cry, i cry, i cry for my beloved country!!!!!!!!

Phongo
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Phongo
6 months 20 days ago

Those are un educated chiefs,they’re corrupt, the same government they are supporting, is the masterminder of corruption using them,after all they witch,we the you will solve this very soon whether peaceful or violently

Malawian
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Malawian
6 months 21 days ago

The north is no developed becoz of their chiefs. The’re corrupt. Stupid chiefs.

Joseph Banda
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Joseph Banda
6 months 22 days ago

IF THE CHIEFS ARE BOOT LICKERS, THEN THE YOUTHS ARE ALSO THE BOOT LICKERS. The difference is that the Youths are licking from a very stinking and unclean boots. Thawani inu akupatsani matenda a nkhani nkhani

Clement
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Clement
6 months 22 days ago

Brave chief am on ur side, zinazi ndi njala nthenda, nsanje

dzina langa
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dzina langa
6 months 22 days ago

these are indeed stupid chiefs. ngati amatha kuwerenga let them read this. go to Mpherembe Mbalachanda vongo Mphompha and se how backward these places are. The Mombela University is a non starter. pachali thengele yet stupid chiefs say there is development. look at Mzuzu Nkhatabay road, is it a road or a death trap. yet this stupid chiefs can not see this. it is the same stupid chiefs that advocated for quota system wana wakwithu are suffering now. stupid chiefs read this osangomasamba viminkhwala nakutamba stupid zinu shit!

Dzuwalapendeka mose
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6 months 22 days ago

Congratulations paramount Chiefs f=if you deliberately chose not to join the bootlickers. What about disciplining them?

Nkhunika wa nkhunika
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Nkhunika wa nkhunika
6 months 22 days ago

Mafumu a dyera ngati awa sinaone ine. anawatuma ndani? anafunsa ndani? asatiyike mawu mkamwa ife yaye takana. Tikhumba chakulya ku admarc basi. Mafumu yazelezeka na ndalama aya. Soni nazo mulije.

Njobanunu
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6 months 22 days ago

Stupid chiefs! when have they ever commended opposition parties 4 their constructive contribution? useless! palinkhani zambiri zofunika kukambilana kumamidzi uko & mo national dvtal issues to focus’s on, eg. climate, unemployment, qota system, mining & food security. if we don’t demonstrate u think we r happy? this will lead to burning of your houses aftamath. ask chief Karonga zimene zinamuonekera pa 20 July ija. watch out!!!!!!!

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