Traditional Authority (T/A) Chamba of Machinga was on Tuesday elevated to senior chief at a ceremony that took place at Chikala Primary School.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa presided over the ceremony.
He said government mainly elevates chiefs based on dedication to development work and promotion of stability in their respective areas.
Nankhumwa said Chamba was elevated to a senior position due to his ability to mobilise his subjects to participate in development work.
The area has a vibrant community-based policing such that Chamba area has not registered any abduction and killings of people with albinism since the issue started in the district in 2015.
The minister called on the newly elevated chief to continue discharging his duties in line with government development agenda and in the interest of his subjects.
Senior Chief Kawinga called on fellow chiefs to embark on projects that will benefit their subjects.
Chamba was installed T/A in 2005 and his elevation is effective July this year.
Machinga, which has a population of over 500 000 people, has 16 chiefs and 11 constituencies. n