Malawi President Joyce Banda on Saturday previded the elevation ceremony of Chief Kwataine of Ntcheu whose real name is Mac Julio Kwataine Masina to Senior Chief.
At a colourful ceremony at Madzanje Football Ground in Ntcheu, the President, who was dressed in Ngoni traditional wear, said Kwataine deserved the elavtion because of his hard-working spirit in spearheading development at both local and national levels.
” Chief Kwataine deserves this elevation because of the work he has been doing for the betterment of people,” said President Banda.
“Chiefs are expected to be working hand in hand with the current government, have passion to serve their subject s without favouritism and should at all costs avoid backbiting for them to have respect and trust from their subjects,” advised Banda.
She said her government would not tolerate any chief who victimizes and mistreats his subjects adding that chiefs are not expected to be used by politicians for their personal gains.
Kwataine’s Chieftainship originated from Dzanje area in Mozambique with its first leader as Lundukwa Madziakuphani, the name which was later changed to Kwataine as he was polygamous and finally settled at Madzanje in Ntcheu.
Speaking on behalf of chiefs youthful Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V – eventeen-year-old Mswati Willard Kanjedza Gomani- inkosi thanked President Banda for attending the ceremony and elevation of Chief Kwataine who he said he respects for his committment to development.
The President gave a donation of 600 bags of maize towards the event and K500,000 to Senior Chief Kwataine.
Earlier, President Banda closed a two day workshop for chiefs on Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood, Child and Maternal Deaths which she initiated six months ago. Participating in the workshop were chiefs drawn from all districts in the country.