Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud has described the death of Traditional Authority (T/A) Makuta of Nkhotakota as a loss to the district and the nation.
She said this on Wednesday when she attended the burial of the traditional leader who succumbed to pneumonia on Monday.
In her eulogy, Daud said it was sad that the district has lost another chief after the death of T/A Mphonde in March this year.
She advised the family members to replace the departed chief with someone who will continue his good legacy.
“This chief has died at 99 and this tells us that he was someone who took good care of himself. The youth should emulate his good lifestyle,” said Daud.
The deputy minister also advised family members to avoid rushing to get court injunctions when there are disagreements on the successor.
Speaking on behalf of other chiefs in the district, T/A Mwansambo described the late Makuta as a well of wisdom whose insights united people.
On his part, Ministry of Local Government director of chiefs Charles Makanga said chiefs are custodians of customs and culture and help to spearhead development.
“So, we are sad that the country continues to lose chiefs,” he said.
The late Makuta, born Shalimu Alumaza, served as group village head before being elevated to T/A on October 8 2016.
He is survived by a wife, 10 children and 55 grandchildren.
The funeral service was also attended by Nkhotakota acting district commissioner Ben Tohno and Nkhotakota Central legislator Peter Mazizi (Malawi Congress Party).