The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa MP, this week elevated eight chiefs in Thyolo through powers conferred to him in the Chiefs Act, Chapter 22.3, Section 4.
The elevated chiefs are Traditional Authority (T/A) Thomas and Kapichi to Senior Chiefs, Sub Traditional Authorities Nanseta, Boidi and Mbawera to T/As, Group Village Headmen Ngomano, Mpenda and Mulenga to sub traditional authorities.
The Minister speaking at the function, said it was the hardworking and development-oriented spirit which made the President Peter Mutharika, to elevate these chiefs.
“Hard work and development spirit pay. This is the special way of the president thanking these chiefs,” said Nankhumwa.
He then warned District Commissioners against using chiefs’ salaries. This followed reports that in some districts, district commissioners tend to use this money and keep the chiefs waiting for so many months without receiving their money.
Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa urged the chiefs to work with their subordinate traditional leaders, and avoid corruption and nepotism when working with their people.
“We the chiefs are the ones to make sure that social cash transfers, cement and Malata Subsidy and other developmental services reach the right people in time,” Ngolongoliwa said.
Speaking on behalf of other chiefs, Senior Chief Mphuka, thanked Government for various developments taking place in Thyolo.
“We thank this government for constructing Makwasa Road for us. It had been a song for a while. Our farm produce now reach the markets in time,” said Mphuka.