Paramount Kawinga hails govt for considering Yao traditional leader

Yao Paramount Chief Kawinga has described Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government as the only government that has recognized Yao Chiefs in the country by elevating them to higher ranks in the past five years.

Phiri (l) crowns Snr. GVH Nkata (r) as Sub Chief Nkata -Photo by Kondwani Magombo _ Mana
Kawinga: It is only in DPP reign that Yaos had a Paramount Chief 

He made the remarks Saturday in Mangochi when government elevated four Senior Group Village Heads, namely Mapira, Mambo, Nkata and Namwera to Sub Chiefs; Sub-Chief Ntonda and Chief Chilipa to Chief and Senior Chief, respectively.

The Paramount Chief described the DPP as the only regime that has walked the talk by recognizing the role that chiefs play towards the development of country.

Kawinga said that, “This is the government that has shown interest in the Yao Chiefs because it is during the same leadership that the Yaos got a Paramount Chief for the first time in the history of the country.

“It is the same government that elevated chiefs like Makanganjira, Chowe and Katuli to Senior Chiefs and other GVHs to Sub Chiefs before.”

Kawinga advised the newly promoted Sub-Chiefs not to despise their seniors whose blessing was what has made the former to rise to the present rank.

Minister of Local Government Ben Malunga Phiri, who graced the event and conducted the crowing of the six Chiefs, said it shall remain the current government’s commitment to see that chiefs in the country are accorded the respect they deserve.

The Minister advised the newly promoted Chiefs to help government in the fight against corruption which he described as the country’s major vice.

“Let us work together in stamping out corruption for good,” he said, adding, “You, as Chiefs, have to look back where we are coming from and make a decision whether to slide back or to move forward: This is time to move forward.”

Director of Chiefs Administration, Charles Makanga said the current regime has indeed broken the record as regards elevation of Chiefs.

He said the development was evidence of how serious government was ensuring that there are vibrant Councils across the country.

“In the history of our Ministry this is the first time, we have elevated the highest number of Chiefs in the country and this augers well with the Ministry’s “game-changers” agenda,” the Director added.

The new Sub Chiefs Mapira and Mambo are in Senior Chief Mponda area while Mkata and Namwera are from Senior Chief Jalasi.

A few months ago government elevated three Mangochi Chiefs: Sultan Chowe, Makanjira and Katuli to Senior Chiefs while other 5 GVHs including were elevated to Sub-Chief.

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Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 year ago

Ben Phiri to stump out corruption kkkkkk zoseketsa

Frustrated voter
Frustrated voter
1 year ago

Kawinga is not very bright Paramount Chief it is reported that DPP Government is the only Government that has recognised Yao Chiefs by elevating them to higher ranks in the last five years. Call me dumb DPP has been in power last 6 years, which Government was he thinking was in Power in the last 5 years. DPP way of corruption to elevate ones position not because of merit but because of an election by an Acting Interim President who should not be allowed to make appointments without the blessing of Parliment. Call for a new Era in Malawi VOTE… Read more »

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