Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarsizio Gowelo has strongly condemned chieftaincy wrangles that have taken root among traditional leaders in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga, saying the conduct is hindering development in northern Malawi.
Gowelo was speaking during the installation of Traditional Authority Kilupula a throne which has been vacant for five years due to squabbles which led to massive loss of properties and lives.
He said government was concerned with the increase of such incidents in the district.
“As government we were much concerned with violence which has been happening here due to chieftainship wrangles,” said Gowelo.
He then advised the new T/A to be accommodating to everyone regardless of previous differences.
“Although you have met so many challenges to attain chieftaincy, you need to forget everything and treat all people in your area as one,” said Gowelo.
Paramount Chief Kyungu welcomed the chief saying: “ I am happy that now we have a full set of Traditional Authorities in Karonga as such we need to work together to development the district and to make sure that we are the eyes and ears of government on all issues happening in our areas.”
William Kalongelela Mwakikunga has been installed as the tenth Traditional Authority Kilupula following the death of the ninth Kilupula who died on 10 February 2010.
The death of the last Kilupula brought into a rivalry of two families who were fighting over the throne an issue which ended into court.
The Malawian President Peter Muthalika officially accepted William Mwakikunga as TA Kilupula in November 2014 after a Judge Dingiswayo Madise ruled in his favour for the coronation.