Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ben Phiri has asked chiefs in the country to restore cultural practices which he said used to inculcate discipline and respect towards one another.
Phiri was speaking in Mchinji on Sunday during the elevation of group village head Kambuwe to Sub Traditional Authority (ST/A).
“One would not be proud to be called Malawian today. The very respect that we had for one another is gone.
“That is why I am calling on chiefs to restore the cultural practices that were instilling respect towards one another,” he said.
Phiri said violence and vandalism that have taken place in the country after the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections reflect moral decay.
“People are burning each other’s houses and destroying property due to lack of respect and discipline,” he said.
The minister also called on chiefs in the country to desist from corruption.
“We are encouraging chiefs to lead the fight against corruption and chiefs cannot spearhead such a fight when they themselves are corrupt,” he said.
Speaking at the same function, Senior Chief Dambe said chiefs should work with the government to drive the development agenda.
GVH Kambuwe, real name Smart Zulu, was elevated to ST/A Kambuwe, taking the number of ST/A in the district to four.