President Peter Mutharika has approved the establishment of four Sub-Traditional Authorities (ST/As) in Chitipa District.
Chitipa has been without ST/As for years. The last time an ST/A was installed in the district was in 1934 by Paramount Chief Kyungu, who is the supreme chief for Karonga and Chitipa districts.
To ensure that there are ST/As in Chitipa, chiefs in the district asked Mutharika to approve the establishment and installation of ST/As Nthengatenga (Mathias Kaonga), Wavikaza (Hellings Kaonga), Luwanga Mwangulukulu (Juston Msukwa) and Mwakawanga (Saini Nyondo).
Speaking during the installation of the four chiefs at Chitipa Community Football ground on Monday, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said Mutharika values Karonga and Chitipa districts; hence, his decision to have the ST/As.
He advised the ST/As to be good leaders, urging them not to abuse their subjects or favour certain groups or subjects.
Said Nankhumwa: “I know that there are some people, including your relations, that do not wish you well. As a leader, you need to embrace them. Treat them as your subjects. Treat every person with a kind heart. Some of your enemies are here to witness your installation.”
Chitipa district commissioner Grace Chirwa commended Mutharika for considering the district to have STAs, saying the move will help foster development.