Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Esther Majaza took advantage of a Likoma chiefs elevation ceremony to commend chiefs for their role in national development.
She said this on Saturday during the elevation of sub traditional authorities (STAs) Mwase and Kabuthu at Likoma Community Hall.
“Government is committed to promoting development across the country through elevation of chiefs. Chiefs are pivotal in government’s developmental agenda as they bridge the gap between the citizenry and government agents,” Majaza said.
She said chiefs are the eyes and ears of government as they are custodians of not only their subjects but different projects government implements.
“I, therefore, ask the chiefs to refrain from party politics in executing their duties,” said Majaza.
ST/A Mwase comes from Likoma Island while Kabuthu is from Chizumulu Island.
“I’m grateful to government for fulfilling its mandate to elevate us. It has taken a long time since we were told about our elevation,” said Mwase, born Boston Kamchacha.
Member of Parliament for the area Christopher Songwe said he was happy that the elevation of the two ST/As had finally been formalised, saying it was long overdue.
“The elevation of the two chiefs is a plus in the local administration of the two islands. I have no doubt that the two chiefs will continue fostering development for our beautiful islands,” he said.
The two are the first chiefs to be elevated under T/A Mkumpha. On his part, T/A Mkumpha said it was not easy for him to oversee the two islands without ST/As.