Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Saturday installed Ackim Kawonga as Traditional Authority Nthalire after a long-standing chieftaincy wrangle between two royal families.
The fight for the throne was between Judge Kawonga from Chikunguweya royal family and Ackim Kawonga from Zambwe royal family.
Chitipa district commissioner (DC) Michael Chimbalanga on Monday confirmed the chief’s installation. He said the ministry instructed Karonga DC Richard Hara to preside over the ceremony on Saturday in Chitipa.
He said family members from both sides were present at the ceremony and they supported it.
“Everything went on well. We did not experience any conflicts. People were in joyful mood which shows that both clans were in support of the ceremony,” said Chimbalanga.
He said the chief’s installation will promote development in Nthalire.
However, lawyer for Judge, George Kadzipatike, said he will proceed with the court case, saying it is only the court that can determine the legitimate heir.
“The case is still in court and we are not withdrawing it. It is coming up for mediation on December 14 and we will wait until the court decides who is to be the chief,” he said.