Kalinde asks Thyolo chiefs not to engage in active politics

Member of Parliament for Thyolo North, Anita Kalinde has called on senior chiefs in the district to take a leading role in developing the district instead of engaging themselves in active politics.

Speaking on Friday during a consultative meeting held at the Boma, Kalinde said it was sad to note that chiefs in the district were busy engaging themselves in politics instead of spearheading development activities and projects that could transform people’s welfare in the district.

“You are our leaders who can advise us on what to do. You should not engage yourselves in politics. Politicians come and go while you will always be there to serve your communities. So, leave the politics to us parliamentarians,” Kalinde pleaded.

Kalinde who is also Minister of Gender, Children and Community Development therefore asked the chiefs to bury the past and work hand in hand with the government of the day and the parliamentarians in the district if the district was to develop.

Kalinde: Chiefs should not be political players

However, the minister said government will not tolerate those politicians who use chiefs as tools to satisfy their political interest as it was the case with the past regime.

Kalinde commended chiefs and stakeholders in Thyolo for their effort in sensitizing the communities on the effects of domestic violence, child molestation and defilement which has seen such cases decreasing in the district.

“As a minister of Gender, Children and Community Development am happy that cases of domestic violence and defilement are decreasing in the district. This is because you are working hard in creating awareness on these issues,” she said.

District Commissioner for Thyolo, Lawford Palani asked the parliamentarians and chiefs in the district to help in the implementation of the Public Works Programme which is scheduled to start in August.

Palani called for transparency and accountability during registration of the beneficiaries and other activities associated with the programme.

“For the programme to be successful, we all need to work hand in hand,” said Palani adding that any malpractices will not be tolerated.

In this year’s Public Works Programme, Thyolo is expected to receive half a billion and is expected to have 31,327 beneficiaries. Government has called this year’s programme as the ‘recovery ‘programme.

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