PDM pledges to rebrand Malawi chiefs to Kings

The Peoples’ Development Movement (PDM) has said it will make Paramount Chiefs to be Kings with overall authority to administer and exercise governance powers based on customs and traditions in their respective jurisdictions.

PDM said this in a statement announcing its piece meal manifesto as Malawi gears towards the 2014 tripartite elections.

Last month the party also announced that it will implement key reviews in the mining, education, land management and public service once its take over the reins of power.

PDM Secretary General David Nkuna said the concept to grant Chiefs autonomy borders on its major policy of a federal government.

PDM President Aston Nyondo addressing the press.

“To this end we will also amend the Chiefs’ Act and remove presidential authority over Chiefs,” Nkuna said.

Federalism is a system of government in which entities such as states or provinces share power with a national government. The United States government functions according to the principles of federalism.

Nkuna said PDM is asking all Malawians to support Federalism saying it does not divide the nation or its people but enable the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from natural resources.

“We also ensure that Federal and its respective provincial constitutions allow Malawians to exercise sovereign powers and that elected officials like the President, MPs and Councillors shall be servants of the people,” he said.– MEC Stringer

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