Chief Kyungu warns against mixing politics with chieftaincy issues

Paramount Chief Kyungu of Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga has made a strong appeal to political leaders in the country to avoid elevating chiefs in a bid to gain political mileage.

Addressing 47 chiefs from Karonga and Chitipa districts during a meeting held at Karonga district council’s offices, Kyungu also asked the chiefs not to be influenced by politicians in conducting their duties, saying if anything they are the chiefs who are supposed to control the politicians.

“All politicians are our children as such they should not control us in carrying out our duties instead they should give respect to us chiefs by following the trends in our area not commanding us on what to do,” said the influential northern region chief.

Paramount Chief Kyungu: Stop politicking with chiefs  promotion
Paramount Chief Kyungu: Stop politicking with chiefs promotion

He also warned the chiefs against favouring any political party to avoid compromising their reputation and independence.

“Don’t show favoritism, tell your people the truth and the choice is in their hands on who to follow because they know what is good for them,” said Kyungu, adding: “political parties come and go but we are here for good and we have no party to follow as such we should not tolerate bad motives of some politicians coming into our area.”

Kyungu appealed to chiefs to avoid being involved in any form of malpractices saying doing this would make their subject loose trust in them.

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