By Vincent Gunde
DOWA-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government has promoted Group Village heads Chipeni and Manondo to the position of Sub Traditional Authorities in Dowa district.
The promotion has been described as good news to all the Chewas of Dowa who for many years have been living not in good terms with the Ngoni chiefs claiming that they are in majority in the district and in Ntchisi, in the area of Ngoni Chief, Vuso Jere.
In June, 2021 the Chewa chiefs of Dowa, Ntchisi and Salima held a peaceful protest where they presented a petition to the Dowa District Commissioner demanding promotions in the areas dominated by the Ngoni Traditional Authorities.
In 2013, former President, Madam Dr. Joyce Banda promoted 22 Group Village heads across the country to the position of Sub Traditional Authorities, nine of them were for Dowa district alone, all the chiefs in Chewa Traditional Authorities are still working to this day while those in Ngoni chiefs are not working, a development which is angering the Chewa chiefs of Dowa.
The problem of not promoting Chewa chiefs in Ngoni dominated chiefs prompted the Chewa chiefs to start installing Chewa chiefs by themselves, Clan leader, Mkanthama was given the mantle of being a leader of all the Chewa chiefs in Dowa and Ntchisi districts specifically in areas with Ngoni chiefs one of it being the area of Vuso Jere, in Ntchisi.
Group Village headman Chipeni was trusted to play a leading role installing Chewa chiefs in the areas of Traditional Authorities Chiwere and Mkukula in Dowa district and this was a sign of relief to all the Chewas to be out of the armpits of the Ngoni chiefs to preserve and promote their culture in Ngoni dominated chiefs beside them being in minority.
Sub Traditional Authorities Chipeni and Manondo have become the first in the history of Dowa district to receive promotions in the areas of Ngoni chiefs to represent the wishes and aspirations of the Chewa people so that their voice is heard in their majority.
Bwalo la Chewa Foundation [BOLA-CEFO] National Executive Director, Reverend Flywell Somanje, expressed optimistic that other Chewa chiefs in the areas of T/As Msakambewa, Chiwere and Mponela will also be promoted thanking government for starting considering Dowa chiefs for promotions.
“This is good news to all the Chewas that government has the welfare of them at heart, it has started promoting chiefs in one area, little by little all the remaining Chewa chiefs will be considered for promotions,” said Reverend Somanje while in a jovial mood.
In Ntchisi, all the Chewa chiefs; Kalumo, Malenga and Chilooko have been promoted to the position of Senior Chiefs meaning that Ntchisi district has six Senior Chiefs, a commendable development not only for the Chewas of Ntchisi but all the Chewas in Malawi.
Out of seven Chiefs of Dowa, four, Msakambewa, Mponela, Mkukula and Chiwere are Ngonis while three Dzoole, Kayembe and Chakhaza are Chewas, this has been paining the Chewa chiefs most claiming that the Chewas are in majority as compared to the Ngonis who are in minority in the district.