Government on Thursday installed Griffin Kaonga as Traditional Authority (TA) Nthalire in Chitipa District with a call for peace and unity amongst the people in the area.
Deputy Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture, Owen Chomanika said there were chieftaincy wrangles regarding the rightful heir to the throne of TA Nthalire because some people wanted to distort the family tree.
“A Traditional Authority leads development in the community because he is automatically patron to Area Development Committee (ADC) and he has to participate and make sure that he is a living example and has to make sure that he is also enhancing the unity and peace in his community.”
He also called on all traditional leaders to be exemplary, serving everyone irrespective of their political affiliation, religion, creed or whatsoever.
“Traditional leaders are supposed to lead by example and desist from corruption. We also encourage them to make sure that they serve government of the day because that is how we can deliver services to our people,” he said.
Senior Chief Kameme, who represented Paramount Chief Kyungu called on the newly installed TA Nthalire to unite the people of his area and foster development.
Kaonga, born on April 11, 1981 replaces late Senior Chief Nthalire, born Ackim Kaonga, who died on January 17, 2023.