Chief Chekucheku wants throne back, sues govt over ‘unfair suspension’ during JB reign

Francis Magombo of Neno says will sue Malawi government over a suspension he got in June 2014 – during the Joyce Banda regime – that stripped him of his authority to lead as Traditional Authority (T/A) Chekucheku.

Gowelo: Sorting local government  'mess'
Gowelo: Sorting local government ‘mess’

According to aides close to the chief, Chekucheku says he “has not been told of the reasons behind his suspension” and that he “has no knowledge of any misconduct investigation against him”

But a letter from president Banda, who was administering powers in pursuant to Chapter 23:03, Part 11, Section 11(2) of the Chiefs Act read that Chekucheku had been suspended “from exercising the functions of T/A Chekucheku of Neno District with immediate effect until after conclusion of the investigation into alleged misconduct on your part.”

The letter, which Nyasa Times has seen, was dated May 15, 2014.

Private practice lawyer Golden Mbeya, representing the chief, had told local media that the chief was supposed to be told reasons for his suspension.

“My client was supposed to be told what he was being investigated for since Section 43 of the Constitution gives him that right,” Mbeya had said.

But over ten months since he was suspended, Chekucheku hasn’t heard anything from government’s mouth.

However, Nyasa Times sources say the traditional leader was apparently suspended for being an ardent sympathizer of now ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) – opposition at the time.

Chekucheku, sources said, was suspended for opening up his area to “all political parties” during campaign prior to the May 20tripartite elections.

Should he be successful in getting government favours his side on the matter, Chekucheku will be the second case in very recent history in which the Peter Mutharika government will have utterly dissolved a decree instituted by former president Banda in the Ministry of Local Government circles.

Barely a dozen days ago, the Mutharika government also quashed off a promotion for Chitipa acting District Commissioner Grace Chirwa to work as full commissioner citing erroneous procedures.

Grace Chirwa got presidential approval to work as DC for Chitipa on October 22, 2013.

But Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarsizio Gowelo has nullified Chirwa’s promotion, reverting her to her initial position of Chief Administrative Officer (Grade F).

“There was no vacant post which you could be promoted to,” reads a letter to Chirwa in part. “There was no authorized establishment warrant and there was no provision for funds in the personal emoluments budget to service the post.”

There has been an ongoing tussle between Chirwa and government since Mutharika reversed the former’s promotion.

In 2014, Mutharika’s government issued out that Chirwa be transferred to Rumphi where she would work as chief administrative officer.

But through her lawyer Jivason Kadzipatike, Chirwa sought an injunction that blocked the move.

Gowelo, through the Ministry’s principal secretary Kester Kaphaizi, defied the court order and summoned Chirwa to a discussion where she was notified of the nullification of her promotion in writing.

According to the letter, which Nyasa Times has seen, Chirwa has been informed that she with “immediate effect revert to your substantive established post of chief administrative officer (Grade F), tenable at Rumphi District.”

Rodney Simwaka a veteran DC, Nyasa Times has learnt, will take over from Chirwa soon.

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Future Watcher
Future Watcher
8 years ago

This articles is confusing. Which is the real story here?

8 years ago

He is a disgrace. It is the people that dont want him. Dont blame zandale. Theres no politics involved here.

8 years ago

Mr Gowelo and your team do a thorough job here please.Neno is the most neglected district in Malawi;with no tarmac road!Shame on Chekucheku and his coleagues

8 years ago

I think the writer of this article did not follow what led to the dismissal of this chief. People were sleeping at the DCs office for him to be removed and you say it is political. Can you correct the reason otherwise am really doubting the credibility of your news

8 years ago

anthu a ku Neno mukangolora kuti Chekux abwerere ndidzanu izo. mavuto anu sadzatha.

8 years ago

A nyasa ndiye simumazitsatatu, inu mwaiwala kuti anthu ake ndi amene samamufuna, inu ndiye mudzitinamiza kuti anaimitsidwa pa zifukwa za ndale? Ngati a boma mukufunanso chisokonezo kuno, mubwezeletseni

aaron Makunda
aaron Makunda
8 years ago

A Cheku cheku dyera lamtundu wanji?munthu wokanaika ngati inu mukukamiranji?Mfumuyopanda chitukoko ngati inu sindinakuonenipo ayi komanso dyera lanji? A boma munalakwitsa kumubwezeretsa munthu tikubvutika ndife a chete ndipo Neno sikudzatukuka mpaka kale ndi mkuku ameneyu amafuna zonse zikhale zake adzipanga zithukuko zake mtown ife olira ana aku Neno

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