Malawi: Karonga DC Wanted Out – Kyungu, Councillors Petition Malawi Govt

Pressure is mounting from various quarters in Karonga for the unconditional transfer of District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo and other top officials at the council for “rudeness” and “non-patriotism,” chiefs and councillors in the district.

Paramount Chief Kyungu, three senior chiefs, fifty-seven group village headmen as well as councillors have warned government through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to regard their call as an “emergency.”

Others wanted out include Director of Administration (DOA) James Tembo, Chiefs’ Cleric (CC) Franklin Mtambo and Director of Finance (DOF) Sanderson Nyirenda.

The chiefs, for instance, complain that the office of the DC treat them as “slaves” when they enquire about their honorarium.

In a petition the chiefs and the councillors said “we have no confidence in the administration of the District Commissioner’s office in regard to the ill-treatment given to us. Therefore we humbly ask your good office to re-assign the DC, DOA, DOF and the CC with immediate effect.”

Further adds the petition addressed to the Principal Secretary: “It is very unfortunate that the office of the DC does not recognise the relevance of traditional leaders and councillors in Karonga to the extent that senior chiefs are walking by foot to attend important meetings.”

According to the petition for the last six months, chiefs have not been paid their honorarium.

Speaking in a separate interview with Nyasa Times, Kyungu and the Karonga District Council chairperson Patrick Kishombe corroboratory said they were tired with the behaviour of the officers and requested them to leave in peace.

While accepting that she indeed failed to attend or provide logistics to the chiefs, Moyo said “I have never attended the meetings of councilors and chiefs therefore it was difficult for me to do that.”

She however said that “there’s no any bad relationship between my office and councilors as well as chiefs but if it is issue of transfer I am ready for that because zinabwelera anthu izi.”

Spokesperson for the ministry of Local Government Muhlabase Mughogho said the chiefs should handle the matter with caution and know their limits.

SOURCE: Nyasa Times.