Collective responsibility between chiefs and their subjects is key in curtailing malpractices happening in society such as Early child Marriages, Abuse and Killing of Albinos and “Fisi’ traditions.
Member of Parliament for Mulanje West Patricia Kaliati said this at Namphungo in Mulanje during a development meeting organized for chiefs.
Patricia Kaliati who is also Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development said chiefs could bring about change in their communities by championing civic education on issues of education, HIV/AIDS, climate change as well as early marriages.
The Minister also called on chiefs to take a leading role in sensitizing people on development projects being undertaken in their area.
“We need to empower them, it is our responsibility for us as Members of Parliament and Councilors as well as Minister of Civic Education,” said Kaliati adding that for government to know what is happening on the ground is through traditional leaders.
She added that chiefs must always be on the forefront telling their subjects about education because an educated community is vital on the development of the country since they truly understand issues of democracy, human rights among others.
“People who are going to implement 17 Sustainable Development Goals are chiefs because they are the ones with the people,” added Kaliati.
Chiefs in the country play important role in matters of national importance such as rural development, agriculture, climate change and economy.