Karonga chieftaincy row turns bloody:9 houses torched

Over nine houses have been torched and several people injured in a fierce row that has erupted over chieftaincy of Traditional Authority Kilupula in Malawi’s northern lake shore district of Karonga.

Eyewitnesses have told Nyasa Times that two families are failing to agree who should be installed as a TA between two brothers from different families.

“In fact what has happened is that government is favoring the elder brother who is based in Karonga while others are opting for the one who is based in Blantyre”.

The eyewitness said  for example last week government officials had secretly installed the elder brother at Kasowa primary school in the area of paramount chief Kyungu who is also supporting the installation of the elder brother.

“But surprisingly out of five TA’s in Karonga only TA Karonga attended the installation ceremony. This was an indication that the rest of the chiefs [except paramount chief Kyungu who failed to attend for fear of being booed] are against the installation of the elder brother who is favored by government officials”

According to the eye witness the new TA has vowed to deal with anyone who is against his installation and that so far there has been no any intervention from the police.

Chief Kyungu: Did not attend installation but supporting in the background

When asked for comment on the issue Thursday night Northern police spokesperson Nora Chimwala asked for more time, referring our reporter to Karonga Police spokesperson Enock Liverson who also said has been 50 kilometers away from the scene of fracas.

“I may be able to comment on the reports tomorrow (Friday),”said Chimwala who is based in the northern city of Mzuzu.

Disagreement over the chieftainship between the two families started soon after the death of former TA in 2010.

Nyasa Times will be updating you on the issue as the development unfolds.

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