Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngabu in Chikwawa has committed his support to the Miss Malawi cause of managing the country’s ravaging overpopulation, describing the Malawi queen’s visit to his area as a ‘great motivation’.
Reigning queen Cecilia Khofi made an impromptu visit to the chief’s residence on Friday, on the sidelines of her appointment to Pashello Charity Trust, where she donated assorted groceries and addressed vulnerable groups, including orphans and widows on matters of education, child marriages and overpopulation.
Ngabu was not present at the Pashello Charity Trust event, but Khofi, with the company of group village head (GVH) Misongwe, visited the chief, to share notes of her work.
During their short encounter, the two discussed key issues to do with population, particularly focusing on the role of community leaders to reduce the problem.
“I thought it wise to meet the T/A so that I get his support in my campaign to address overpopulation. I am aware that chiefs are key to influencing decisions among their subjects. So, I want chiefs to work with me in this project,” said Khofi.
On his part, Ngabu expressed gratitude at the Malawi queen’s impromptu visit, saying it was the first time for a Miss Malawi to visit his area.
“I have been a chief for about 18 years, but this is the first time for Miss Malawi to visit my area. I am really humbled to host her because this will help to inspire girls in my area to stay in school. But I need more of her activities so that we work together in addressing problem of overpopulation,” said Ngabu, encouraging Khofi to reach out to rural areas so as to achieve meaningful change.
He described the Miss Malawi theme ‘Managing overpopulation, as critical for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ as well-thought.
“I must acknowledge that this year’s Miss Malawi theme is in line with global and national efforts to achieving SDGs. So, she has my total support,” he said.
Asked how he is contributing to the fight against overpopulation, Ngabu said he has intensified by-laws aimed at arresting child marriages and promoting women’s rights to family planning (FP).
Misongwe said his area needs intensive campaigns by the office of Miss Malawi to save women from destruction.