Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has advised chiefs in the country to promote peace and cultural values at all levels in society.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) after the elevation of T/A Nankumba to Senior Chief on Tuesday at Thema Community Day Secondary School ground in Mangochi, The Minister said peace facilitates development in an area.
“Peace is of paramount importance in every development of an area, if there is no peace no one can go to the field to work and do business happily hence no development. People can do business and invest in an area when there is peace,” He said.
Nankhumwa appealed to chiefs in the country to refrain from corrupt practices because it derails development and punishes the poor since only the rich have access to public resources.
“We have reports that some chiefs are involved in corrupt practices in government projects like MASAF 4 public works programme, relief food aid distribution to the needy and cash transfer where eligible beneficiaries are sidelined because of the conduct of those chiefs,” He lamented.
The Minister disclosed that government has deployed auditors to all the 35 local authorities/councils to audit the just ended MASAF 4 to establish if any corruption took place and how the resources have been used.
Nankhumwa further said the deployment of auditors to the councils signifies government’s commitment to ensuring resources are being utilised prudently and transparently.
“All these efforts are aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of public resources. We will wait for the audit report after which appropriate action will be taken,” he emphasised.
Senior Chief Nankumba born Wellem Luciano Makina was elevated to Senior Chief in July this year.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.