Lilongwe ‘block leaders’ march to demand council directors removed

Block leaders, self imposed traditional leaders in the City of Lilongwe Wednesday petitioned the government to remove all directors claiming they have failed residents.

Lilongwe city Council Mayor, Willy Chapondela and his deputy Kwame Ngwira, - Received the petition

Lilongwe city Council Mayor, Willy Chapondela and his deputy Kwame Ngwira, – Received the petition

The block leaders marched to Lilongwe Civic offices to present the petition on Wednesday morning in defiant of a call by the council for them to resign.

Mayor of Lilongwe Willie Chapondera and council chief executive officer Moza Zeleza received the petition.

“All directors should be removed, they have completely failed. There have been removals of chief executive officers but nothing is changing. All of them must go,” said one block leader as he presented the petition.

Zeleza said the council would hand over the petition to relevant authorities but was quick to say the block leaders have no powers whatsoever to remove or fire any council staff willy-nilly, saying there are laid down procedures on how council staff can be removed.

The council wrote block leaders to step down so that fresh elections should be held for new office bearers, a move that has been rejected by the block leaders.

The government last year said it no longer recognise the block leaders whom people say are duplicating the job of councillors.

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5 thoughts on “Lilongwe ‘block leaders’ march to demand council directors removed”

  1. Khwethe says:

    Lilongwe City Assembly, mukachedwa, tithana nawo tokha anthu amenewa. These block leaders are day light robbers, tiyamba kuwaotcha tsopano

  2. Mr. Samson Chitembeya says:

    If thses pepole want to be called chiefs let them go to their villages and cry for chieftency there. cities and towns are not villages, we do not need these self proclaimed blockleaders or “chiefs”. These people are a nuisance during funerals to the bereaved. they want to be treated like kings, they also steal part of the donated condolence contributions. If they have nothing to do let them start farming.

  3. dan says:

    Amasowetsadi mtendere amalawi mpakana kumalanda malo anthu mkumagulitsa. Apite kwao akakhale mfumu kwao osati mtauni

  4. Concerned citizens: says:

    #1, you are right. Ndi anthudi okuti chochita alibe, ndiye amaona kuti kukhala block leader ndiye kuti zawo ziziyenda. And moreover anthu ake monga gulu laku Lumbadzi ndimbuli zokhazokha zosamva upangiri, odwalika, komanso mfiti. Ntchito kulimbana ndi eni mtunda. Asiyeni mafumu adzitilamula bcoz iwowo ndamene aliovomerezeka ndi malamulo adziko lino. Mu constitution yadziko lino mulibe zama block leader.

  5. Bwemba Vert Youths says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkk, most of these block leaders are retired civil servants who are no longer recognised in their home villages and can not go and settle there, they are rejects. Examples are people like Mr Chikope at Bwemba or area 46, ntchito ufiti wakwao ku Mocambique basi, Kumalodza anthu pa line. I support govt, these idiots have to go, amasowetsa mtendere

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