Malawi Government and the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia have condemned rising cases chieftaincy wrangles in the country, arguing they reflect a bad image of Malawian cultures.
Speaking during the burial ceremony for Traditional Authority (T/A) Jalavikuwa of Mzimba on Friday, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Godfrey Kamanya, who represented Malawi President Joyce Banda, said such wrangles bring instability and distort culture.
Kamanya said the President was irked that some people claim chieftaincy when they are not part of a royal family.
“Chieftainship is by the bloodline, it does not come from the streets.
“It is very unfair when some people try to claim it through the courts or other means. We need to follow the bloodline. Other people just want to bring confusion in society,” said Kamanya.
CCAP Livingstonia Synod general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo concurred with the President that the disputes were not healthy for the country.
“We blame government for some of these wrangles as government leaves out right people and install people who will work to the benefit of its political wishes,” said Nyondo.
Reacting to Nyondo’s view, Kamanya said Banda’s government traces the right heirs.