Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has warned chiefs against corrupt practices and receiving bribes, saying they will face the law if found.
The minister issued the warning at Mkanda in Mchinji on Monday during the elevation of Traditional Authority (T/A) Pitala and sub traditional authorities (ST/As) Matuwamba and Kawere.
“There are some chiefs who indulge in corruption. It is not good for chiefs to engage in corrupt acts,” he said.
Nankhumwa said chiefs are custodians of development; hence, the need to avoid corruption at all cost.
“Chiefs work with the government of the day. Development activities are hatched at community level and if chiefs do not work with government such areas cannot develop,” he said.
Nankhumwa commended people of Mkanda in Mchinji for a peaceful transition of chieftaincy.
“This is an example other royal families should emulate,” he said.
Mchinji district commissioner (DC) Rosemary Nawasha said the elevation of chiefs will help Mchinji District Council to effectively implement development projects.
During the ceremony, the minister elevated ST/A Pitala (Margaret Wantheza) to T/A Pitala, group village head (GVH) Kawere (Lucas Mwawa) to ST/A Kawere and GVH Matuwamba (Yotamu Mau aboma) to ST/A Matuwamba.