Educate chiefs: Malisa

The government should introduce adult literacy classes in rural areas to cater for traditional leaders, Chief Malisa of Silobela said.

He noted that the lack of formal education among chiefs was largely responsible for stalling development in their areas.

Speaking at this year’s provincial prize giving ceremony organised by the Education Ministry, Chief Malisa said village heads in rural areas failed to distinguish between political and developmental issues because they were not educated.

“If one brings developmental issues to village heads, their first interest is to know the political affiliation of that person. If they are believed to be from opposition parties, then the traditional leaders refuse to co-operate.

“It is my wish that the education ministry introduces programmes where the leaders get into night schools for them to be enlightened,” said the chief.

Chief Malisa is one of the most outspoken leaders in the province and has constantly said he is apolitical. The move saw him being dropped from representing the province in senate by local Zanu (PF) hawks who accused him of supporting MDC.

His words come at a time when traditional leaders have been used as campaign agents by Zanu (PF) in rural areas where they deny subjects to support opposition parties especially the MDC.

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