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 2011-05-30 11:27 pm Back to NEWS
Chief Macha condemns dragging of chiefs into politics
FILE: Chief Macha and Dr. Agre

Chief Macha says corrupt politicians are dragging chiefs into politics.

Condemning those who are openly endorsing preferred candidates ahead of the elections this year, chief Macha of Choma district said some politicians were also to blame because they were the ones who were dragging chiefs into politics.

He said it was unfortunate that some politicians even reached an extent of corrupting chiefs in order win their support.

He said it was unfair for chiefs to accept handouts which did not help the people they were leading.

“Some chiefs have just been dragged into politics by some corrupt politicians. They persuade them with different gifts that do not add any value to their subjects. I think it is very unfair because if a chief accepts a gift from a politician, it will only be him that will benefit from it,” he said.

“I would urge the politicians to leave the chiefs alone and by doing so, they will allow people to make the right decision through the ballot.”

He said it would be difficult for chiefs to work with the government if their preferred candidates failed to win the elections.

“How would you work with a government (whose leaders) you rejected? We need to be careful with what we say because we don't know who forms government after the elections. We all have preferred candidates but we should learn to keep them to ourselves,” he said.

Chief Macha said he felt sorry for chiefs endorsing candidates because they were misleading their subjects.

He said it was important for chiefs to remain non-partisan and allow their subjects to make independent choices during voting.

“I feel sorry because at the end of the day these chiefs lead a lot of people and sometimes what they say may mislead the masses. It is always important for chiefs to remain non-partisan and only work with the government of the day,” said chief Macha.



 
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