Traditional leaders in the country have been encouraged to help government in spearheading different development programs aimed at uplifting people’s living conditions in line with its vision of making Malawi a progressive nation.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa gave the encouragement on Monday when he elevated Group Village Headman Chiunda to the status of Sub Traditional Authority at his Mtondo Headquarters in Mangochi.
Nankhumwa said government would continue to introduce strategies aimed at consolidating gains in fostering a progressive nation through the three development pillars of hard work, integrity and patriotism being championed by the country’s leadership which he noted required engagement of the local leadership to become a reality.
He observed that currently government is implementing social protection programs like the Malawi Social Action Fund’s public works program meant to uplift people’s living standards which sometimes faces hitches due to some ‘greedy’ chiefs.
“For example, when the DC asks traditional leaders to come up with a list of beneficiaries they bring bogus names – government will not condone such irresponsibility instead it shall allow the full force of the law to take course,” he warned.
Nankhumwa, therefore, discouraged chiefs from indulging in bribery and corruption, saying the two elements derail development to take place especially from the grassroots.
The Minister called on traditional leaders in general and the new Sub T/A in particular to work closely with government in championing development by among other things mobilizing their subjects to participate in self help activities.
Nankhumwa, however, advised Sub Traditional Authority Chiunda to follow democratic principles of leadership which entail that there was unity among his subjects to facilitate people’s participation in socio – economic activities in a peaceful environment.
He said government is enjoying a cordial relationship with chiefs across the country which is making it easier to implement its development programs.
On this note, Nankhumwa appealed to other traditional leaders to emulate the example set by Traditional Authority Chowe who asked government to partition the area, saying subdividing an area of jurisdiction creates opportunities for growth.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :