Halima Daud, the Deputy Minister of Local Government, has advised chiefs across the country to avoid corruption.
Daud, who was speaking at Jiramu Primary School in Mangochi on Saturday during the elevation of Traditional Authority Bwananyambi to Senior Chief, said chiefs play an important role in the development of the country and should not be involved in any form of corruption because it would deprive communities of development.
“You’re the frontline development agents; you interact with people every day and know what the communities require, so please avoid corruption. If you want to be the president’s enemy, become involved in corruption. Let us all share the national cake; let us not be nepotistic. This is our country and let’s safeguard it,” she said.
In his remarks, Paramount Chief Kawinga thanked President Lazarus Chakwera for continuing to elevate the Yao chiefs in the country. He said, despite having up to nine senior chiefs in Mangochi alone, the president continues to promote others.
The Paramount Chief has therefore urged chiefs to remember their responsibilities to their people and that they should always support the government of the day.
”As chiefs, we have to support the government of the day because this is happening as a result of good relationship which exists between chiefs and government,” said the paramount.
The event was graced by other prominent government officials such as Minister of Energy Honourable Ibrahim Matola, UDF acting president Honourable Lilian Patel, officials from local government and statehouse among others.