Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has warned local leaders against indulging in corruption.
The minister cited reports that some chiefs are diverting public resources for personal interests.
Speaking on Monday in Salima during the elevation of Nelia Chazama Chibwe who was Sub-Traditional Authority (T/A) Salima to full T/A, Nankhumwa said corruption undermines government’s efforts to achieve sustainable national development.
He said: “Government will not tolerate such malpractices. Any chief found engaging in corruption will be prosecuted.
“Those found guilty will be immediately withdrawn from their chieftaincy positions.”
Nankhumwa condemned local leaders who tamper with and sell land that does not belong to them, saying such tendencies promote conflict.
He said people waste time settling land disputes instead of concentrating on more important activities that could uplift the living standards of rural communities.
“Chiefs are supposed to be exemplary and not perpetrators of crime. They need to refrain from any malpractice so that they retain respect and personal dignity among their subordinates,” he said.
In her remarks, the T/A promised to desist from corruption and thanked the minister for the promotion.
With Chibwe’s elevation, the district now has 11 T/As.