Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has called on royal families to solve their chieftaincy wrangles instead of taking their misunderstandings to court saying the courts are overwhelmed with such cases.
Tembenu was speaking in Mchinji on Friday during the funeral ceremony of Traditional Authority Mduwa.
“My Ministry through the courts is handling cases of chieftaincy wrangles every day. This is not good. I appeal to families to sort out their differences before taking the issues to courts saying courts cannot solve their differences,” He said.
Tembenu then advised the royal family to identify an heir to the throne following the Chewa tradition, after the mourning period is over.
Passing condolence message from the President, the Minister said President Arthur Peter Mutharika was saddened by the death of T/A Mduwa saying traditional leaders are custodians of culture and development in the country, and the death of Mduwa was a big loss to the nation.
Speaking on behalf of Chewa chiefs, Senior Chief Dambe of Mchinji commended the government for taking care of the welfare of traditional leaders in the country.
“As chiefs of Mchinji, we pledge to work with government to ensure that government policies and plans are implemented without problems,” He said.
Mchinji District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha, said the council has lost a hardworking chief who was a member of the development committee of the council.
Born Patson Magaleta in 1957, he was installed as T/A Mduwa in 2010 after chieftaincy wrangles.
The Mduwa Chieftancy has been embroiled in wrangles between the Lutere and Mitala families leading to violence and court cases.
Late T/A Mduwa is survived by a wife, 10 children and 27 grand children.
The Funeral ceremony was also attended by the secretary general of DPP Grizelder Jeffrey, party officials and Members of Parliament.