Chief David Ikome Molinge, Chief of Muea and
President of Fako Chiefs’ Conference, Calls on
By Moki S. Mokondo in Buea for Fako
8th March 2010
The winner of the Guardian Post 2009 Achievement Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as Traditional Ruler, Chief David Molinge, has urged the
According to Chief Molinge, the state should recognise the services of traditional leaders as agents of development and peace at the grass-roots. He called on the government to refer to how chiefs are treated in other African states and emulate the good examples. The traditional ruler disclosed that they have information that some first and second class chiefs in the Centre province and some Lamidos (traditional chiefs) in the northern regions get allowances from the government.
Chief Molinge decried the attitude of discrimination by government, explaining that all chiefs perform the same duties, which is leaving some poor chiefs downtrodden. He added that since chieftaincy goes by hereditary, some less educated and jobless chiefs have inherited thrones with poverty. According to him, some of these chiefs used to earn their living through hunting and farming. Due to their present status as chiefs, they have less time to spend on their farms and hunting because they have to assist the administration to govern their communities. For these reasons, they now find themselves living in abject poverty and thus need the government to support them financially.
The Royal Father has disclosed that some of the subjects attack chiefs while trying to implement governments policies. These exposes all chiefs to potential threats from the public and thus need to be compensated for the risks they are exposed to, he explained. For the chiefs to be respected, they need to be empowered financially so that they can live a normal life.
Chief Molinge has promised to always fight for the improvement of living conditions of