Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Esther Majaza has advised traditional leaders to relate with their subjects and demonstrate high levels of integrity.
The deputy minister said this on Saturday when she presided over the installation of traditional authorities (T/As) Simlemba and Chisemphere and elevation of T/A Mnyanja from sub-T/A at Chatoloma Primary School in Kasungu.
She said traditional leaders are custodians of development and that this can only be manifested if they avoid corruption and have their people at heart.
“Chiefs are supposed to lead their people in development activities so that their lives are improved for the better.
“They should demonstrate love towards their subordinates to achieve meaningful development,” said Majaza.
She urged the three chiefs and others not to exploit anyone, especially vulnerable groups.
The ceremony was attended by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Madalitso Kazombo, Kasungu Municipality Mayor Socrates Jere, and Kasungu Municipal Council chief executive officer Grace Chirwa.
Representing the Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi, Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu asked the chiefs to protect and respect the will of the people. He asked government to look into the Chulu chieftaincy and help resolve the disputes that have rocked the dynasty for eight years.