M’biza finally installed as Traditional Authority in Zomba

Malawi government has called for peaceful solution to chieftainship wrangles that have rocked many traditional authorities in Zomba as opposed to rushing to the courts for injunctions.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Grace Maseko said this over the weekend when she officially installed Lobeni Kamwendo as Traditional Authority (T/A) M’biza at Jenala Primary School ground in Zomba.

The M’biza chieftaincy has spanned 76 years since 1936 on sub – traditional authority title but it had to take Her Excellency the State President Dr. Joyce Banda to upgrade M’biza to the T/A level on 23rd May 2013.

This was after Joyce Banda appreciated chief’s efforts on community development, safe motherhood initiatives, the fight against HIV/Aids prevalent rate initiatives and the seniority (longevity) of the chieftaincy among other developments.

Minister of Local Government Grace Maseko(left) installing TA M'biza
Minister of Local Government Grace Maseko(left) installing TA M’biza

The Local Government Minister advised the chief to be honest, development conscious, corrupt free and promote girl child education if he is to serve his area with integrity.

“The state president has entrusted you with this position so that you become her agent of development. It’s my advice to you that you become honest, development conscious, corrupt free and promote girl child education here so that your area develops easily,” she said.

However, Maseko delved on the wrangles of chieftaincy which have been common in Zomba and said that when such incidences happen, they should not rush to courts but solve it among themselves or call for assistance from other chiefs for wisdom.

“It’s so sad that these days when wrangles erupts in loyal families they rush to seek justice in courts, it is not supposed to be like that because chieftaincy issues are better solved within the concerned families because taking it to the courts just fuels more problems and disgraces the integrity of that chiefdom,” she advised.

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