Government has asked traditional leaders in the country to lead in uniting the citizenry in order for the country to prosper.

Minister of Local Government and Unity, honorable Richard Chimwemdo Banda made the remarks on Thursday 28th December 2023 during the elevation of Traditional Authority (TA) M’bwatalika to Senior TA M’bwatalika at Mtunthumala headquarters.

Chimwendo has also cited the need for the leaders to help in making sure that there are sustainable developments in their areas.

He said that chiefs must play a vital role when it comes to, for example, checking that the AIP program benefits the targeted groups and not vendors.

“It is the expectation of all Malawians that chiefs will allow people to live happily in all areas. They have to accommodate all people irrespective of their differences in tribes and races. They have to unite all people because we are a mixed race. They have to lead in development initiatives like buying of AIP and maize in ADMARC depots,” said Banda.

In her remarks, the Member of Parliament for the area who is also a minister of Gender and Social Welfare, honorable Jean Sendeza has urged the senior chief to work hand in hand with the government in promoting development and help in ensuring that child marriages have come to an end.

“I now advise the senior chief to be hard working, humble, accommodative and really humane. I ask her to work tirelessly for the people of her area and help other chiefs to bring the development activities needed. I also ask her vehemently to assist in ending early marriages among our girls,” said Sendeza.

Senior TA Mbwatalika whose real name is Chrisy Matiya Yelemiya has been elevated on 16th December 2023 following chiefs act chapter 22 sections 3 and 4 which give powers to the president of the republic of Malawi to elevate chiefs who among others are hardworking and of good repute.

In attendance were senior traditional authorities from Kasungu, Mchinji, Dedza and Lilongwe.


By Alex Nasoni