The president was speaking at Chikoko Bay State Lodge where he was meeting traditional leaders from Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka and Zomba.
The President said Government has a decentralized system of development but it is not helping Malawi to develop. He said sometimes politicians connive with chiefs to sabotage Government.
The President advised chiefs to refrain from being used by politicians that are working towards frustrating Government Development Agenda.
"Chiefs are vital agents for development. However, some chiefs work towards sabotaging developmental activities to make Government appear before the people as if it is doing nothing on the ground. This behaviour is dragging development behind," said Chakwera.
Speaking on behalf of fellow traditional leaders, Paramount Chief Kawinga has described the meeting with the President as crucial saying it has empowered the chiefs to be working effectively from area to district council level spearheading development.
"We have shared with the President challenges that traditional leaders face including our welfare, policy, and how we can facilitate development in our area. This meeting has opened our eyes to our role at the district council level in making sure that all the projects that are discussed at any level are delivered.
The President met the chiefs together with Deputy Minister of Local Government, Halima Daudi and Presidential Advisor on Chief's Affairs, Moses Kunkuyu.