Chiefs in Ntcheu have been asked to follow new land laws or risk dismissal if found tampering with the law.
The warning was issued by Traditional Authority (T/A) Ganya on Tuesday at his Kandeu headquarters during a land governance meeting organised by Public Affairs Committee (PAC) through Women in Faith in the district.
“Land issues are reported everyday here in Ntcheu. As chiefs, we are trying our best to deal with them though it is difficult because of the new laws. But with orientation, we will be able to handle them,” he said.
The T/A, however, warned all chiefs in the area that they will be fired if found going against the new laws.
PAC secretariat deputy executive director Sophia Nthenda said land issues affect widows and orphans.
She said land grabbing is common in Ntcheu; hence, meeting with stakeholders, including chiefs, who are the main actors on such issues.
“As PAC, through Women in Faith, we have observed that land issues affect livelihoods of many orphans and widows. That is why we are here today so that we create an environment whereby justice prevails when dealing with land issues,” said Nthenda.
Ntcheu District Council vice-chairperson Flanes Kampeni commended PAC for the sensitisation.
“We now know how we can deal with land issues. At council level, we will ensure that we formulate by-laws that will help chiefs deal with land issues,” she said.