Subjects want Chikwawa’s Chief Ngabu removed: Hold peaceful march to petition DC

Some subjects of Senior Chief Ngabu in Chikwawa district Monday marched to present their petition to the District Commissioner (DC) office over what they described as poor and corrupt leadership which has marred Ngabu Chieftaincy.

Some of the subjects during the protest march. -Photo by Steve Chirombo- Mana
Some of the subjects during the protest march. -Photo by Steve Chirombo- Mana

The communities carried with them banners which accused Senior Chief Ngabu as being too corrupt who is grabbing peoples land and sale to some financially stable individuals.

The angry communities who refused presenting their petition to the Principal Administrative Officer, Victoria Wane on behalf of the District Commissioner (DC), Lusizi Nhlane, carried with them some food stuffs saying they were ready to spend more days up until they meet the DC who was reportedly attending a funeral ceremony in Blantyre.

In an interview, leader of the delegation, Annuel Phalira said communities were tired of Ngabu chieftaincy.

He said the senior chief has for some time unseat some chiefs citing Khokwa, Halton as well as Chapomoka Traditional leaders whose chieftaincy has gone to other financially stable individuals.

“He doesn’t listen to people’s views even advise from Paramount Chief Lundu or the DC. All we want now is that government as well as the office of DC should help us have him removed as chief.

“If that fails, we will fight him on our own because we have tried using all formal channels of communication but nothing is coming up,” he alleged.

Phalira said that as concerned citizens, they wrote office of DC, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) as well as informed Ministry of Local Government on the same.

“We are now tired with his chieftaincy. Ngabu feels has so much power than government. He uses money to corrupt others and whosoever tries to correct him, is removed from the seat,” he cited.

Phalira said they were giving government five days to have Ngabu removed promising unspecified action if that is not done.

Senior Chief Ngabu said he indeed received a letter from the people and that discussions took place between him and the DC.

He hailed the communities for visiting the DC office saying that was the only way to exercise their rights to have their concerns heard.

“However, I am shocked and surprised at the way they have passed on their concerns. We have the DC, we have Paramount Chief Lundu as well as the ACB where they would channel their concerns than just waking up to say they want to unseat me.

“Mind you, those people are no members of my clan and they can’t unseat me. I am not moved! Not even an inch. And their actions will take them to nowhere,” Chief Ngabu pointed out.

Chikwawa DC, Nhlane said he would receive the petition which he would later forward it to his Ministry for action.

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3 years ago


3 years ago

Sincerely now that we have all developmental structures at all levels of society I am made to believe that the traditional chiefs like have lost relevance in this multiparty dispensation!! If truth be told they have turned to be useless and a nuisance to people because they have literally nothing to offer and instead are always busy asking for from poor Malawians what is not due to them as leaders!! This is why they are mere zombies attaching themselves to government because it is the purse keeper!!

3 years ago


D. shawa shawa
3 years ago

Brethren, Chief Ngabu has not offended anyone. Neither has he broken the law. Please, note that village headmen are chosen by royal family members who are later introduced to the Traditional for endorsement. Those presenting the petition are self proclaimed individuals who just want to cause confusion in the area. Seems they have been hired to speak on behalf of other evil valses. Since when have these people become the spokesperson of Paramount Lundu?

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