Government has disclosed that it is consulting stakeholders on the Chiefs Policy in an effort to bring sanity and discipline in traditional leadership.
The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Halima Daud, said the government recognizes the institution of traditional leadership as key to the historical heritage of local communities in Malawi as the chiefs have wielded legitimate power and recognized as a feature in governance since pre-colonial rule.
Daud made the remarks when she had an interface meeting with selected chiefs and District Commissioners (DC) from the Southern Region.
Daud said the Chiefs Policy will transform the traditional leadership in the country for better as it will instil sanity and discipline in chieftaincy.
She bemoaned inappropriate behaviours among chiefs, including corruption and promotion of harmful practices due to lack of proper guiding documents.
“The proposed policy will seek to rationalize, modernize, regulate and guide the operations of the institution of traditional leadership in Malawi for enhanced participation in national development, promotion of gender equality, respect for human rights, and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and Africa Agenda 2063,” she said.
Senior Chief Malemia of Nsanje said the Chiefs Policy is important because it will reveal the hidden principles of traditional leadership.
“The Chiefs Policy will among other things help to reduce the succession wrangles and land disputes in the country,” said Malemia.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :