Speaking on behalf of President Prof. Peter Mutharika during the burial of late Senior Chief Malenga, The Minister called upon the royal family members to ensure that proper procedures are followed when identifying the next chief.
“The Malenga chieftaincy is under the Chewa tribe and it is only proper that you go by what the Chewa culture says as regards to succession issues,” Kalirani pointed out.
She described the late chief as one of the most hard working chiefs in the district and the country has ever had.
The Minister presented K350, 000.00 from the President to the bereaved family and encouraged other chiefs to emulate the example set by the late Chief.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Kiswell Dakamau said the late Chief Malenga was development conscious.
Also in attendance at the funeral ceremony was former Vice President Dr Justin Malewezi who represented the Chewa Heritage Foundation (CHEFO), Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu who represented the Chewa King for Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, Kalonga Gawa Undi among other dignitaries.
The late Chief who was born Lingisoni Makonokaya died of high blood pressure on Friday at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.
He was 59 and is survived by two wives, nine children and nine grandchildren.