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CHAKWERA DATES SOUTHERN REGION CHIEFS

By Memory Chatonda MANA

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has commended chiefs in the country for their role in fostering development.

Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture Richard Chimwendo Banda disclosed this on Tuesday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre after President Chakwera held a closed door meeting with paramount chiefs, senior traditional authorities, traditional authorities and sub traditional authorities from the Southern Region.

The Minister said development starts at the grassroot level observing that the country’s development depends on chiefs.

In December last year, President Chakwera met chiefs from the Eastern Region in Mangochi.

“Sustainability of development in our communities relies on chiefs because they are government’s eyes to initiate development. Therefore, for us to enjoy as a country and move forward, chiefs must be motivated and be aligned to what government is doing on ground.

“For that reason, it was imperative for the President to meet chiefs to appreciate their role and challenges, ” he said.

In her remarks, Senior Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje hailed the President for engaging them.

She said all chiefs have pledged to work with government and foster development in all places to benefit their subjects.

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