Government has finally installed Ackim Kaonga, as the twelfth Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthalire, after postponements due to royal family member’s misunderstandings on the rightful heir.
Speaking during the ceremony which attracted thousands of community members at Nthalire stadium on Saturday, District Commissioner (DC) for Karonga Richard Hara, who represented Minister of local government and rural development Kondwani Nankhumwa, said government is now relieved to see that communities in Nthalire have a leader.
“It hurts government to see royal family members fighting over chieftainship, when the members are already aware the next rightful heir to the throne.
“The conduct does not only retard development to the community, but it also creates negative image to the general public,” said Hara.
Hara advised T/A Nthalire, who has been working on acting capacity, since the death of Rabson Capasi Kaonga, in August 2016, to refrain from corruption and work with the government of the day.
In his remarks, Paramount Chief Kyungu advised the T/A to forgive all his enemies and consider all people in his area as his sons and daughters.
There was a case at Mzuzu High Court between the newly installed T/A from Zambwe family and Judge Kaonga from Chalaghala family who claimed he was the rightful successor.
The Chalaghala family claims that there are three families to the throne of T/A Nthalire, Chalaghala, Chikunguweya and Zambwe.
They said that the last T/A hailed from Chikunguweya family, and that he took it over from the Zambwe family.
However, speaking in a separate interview during the installation ceremony, representative of Zambwe royal family, Group Village Headman Mwenekamphyongo said that their clan does not recognize the Chalaghala family.
The high court ruling a few months ago went in favor of the just installed T/A after the claimant failed to continue with the case.
President Peter Mutharika promoted Ackim Kaonga as T/A Nthalire on August 8 2017.
Amongst people who attended the ceremony included traditional leaders from Chitipa and Karonga, religious leaders and government officials.