Chiefs refuse to move  upland in Lower Shire

Some chiefs in Nsanje and Chikhwawa are refusing to move upland following the devastating floods that have affected most areas in the two districts, saying they cannot leave their ancestral graves alone.

Families displaced by recent floods  in Nsanje last year arrive with belongings at a primary school in the Chief Mulolo area .-©Amos Gumulira (AFP)

One of them is chief Nyachikadza of Nsanje who has sworn: “My subjects and I are not going anywhere. Our forefathers were born here, lived here, and died here. We cannot leave their graves alone, that is a taboo,” he said.

He said he will defy the government order to move to another place, telling government officials that they should not even dare to meet him over the issue.

However, some people say chief Nyachikadza’s defiance on the movement to upland is based on the love for handouts.

“When such calamities occur, the government and other well-wishers flood the area with food and other relief items. These are what makes them very bold, to remain in the area. The government and the other well-wishers should think of cutting off such aid to force them move upland areas,” he said.

However, chief Malemia of Nsanje said the only solution to the problems of floods is for the people to move upland.

“I would cooperate with the government fully on this. It is better to mve upland than see our people die and suffer year in and year out because of the devastating floods,” said the chief.

At least 500 families have sought refuge in public schools in Nsanje forcing lessons to suspend following the devastating floods.

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2 years ago

This is a common first reaction from communities the world over, over time, individual citizens realize there is no choice but to move. Government should allow individuals to one, the Chief can stay behind. Some arrangement should be made to secure and maintain the burial sites obviously. So the ancestors resting places would remain and be under the chiefs even after moving. If the community decides not to move them, they they should build a shelter, or contribute to upgrading the school to act as such. Or demarcate the area as a flood risk zone and require them to buy… Read more »

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2 years ago

Let them be with their graveyards. Don’t give them any form of assistance

2 years ago

Live these people alone, this is their fathers land.why pussing them upland while their parents was there.water comes and goes.

Jonathan gwaza
2 years ago

This nosense must stop. Stop giving them relief aid. They will relocate to upland places.

2 years ago

Nonsense and stupid……why every year the same story?Do they think we’re stupid with our taxes?

2 years ago

how and why do we tell a crocodile to relocate to the mountains and monkeys to relocate to the ocean /sea ??

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