Lilongwe Mayor faces crisis of confidence from councillors

A group of councillors are working on plans to unseat Lilongwe City Mayor WillieChapondera.

Mayor for Lilongwe City, His Lordship Willie Edward Chapondera

Mayor for Lilongwe City, His Lordship Willie Edward Chapondera

According to information sourced from Lilongwe council chamber, councillors are not happy with the performance of their Mayor.

“We are not doing this for the sake of politics but our Mayor is almost passive and not active,” said one of the councillors.

“Six months there has been no meaningful developmental project. You can compare yourself with what is happening in Blantyre. Blantyre city Mayor Noel Chalamanda is doing quite a good job than our own Chapondela,” said another councillor.

Another councillor added his voice: “Look what is happening now garbage are almost all over, street lights are all gone,  roads in the city are in poor state.”

Just recently, 13 Malawi Congress Party ward councillors complained to their president Dr Lazarus Chakwera that the Mayor is sidelining them.

The Mayor is a member of ruling DPP.

But when contacted Chapondera trashed the claims that he is not doing anything on development, saying the Mayor do not carry development works but committees.

Chapondera said the committees are supposed to be active and bring their development ideas to the council for discussions in the chamber.

“Mayor do not dictate development anywhere even in USA it does not go like that. Yes it is true that street lights are not working, potholes are there in our roads but what have they done as committees, are they waiting for me to go and fix street lights? “said Chapondera.

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44 thoughts on “Lilongwe Mayor faces crisis of confidence from councillors”

  1. DPP MBUZI says:

    Mayor wa DPP angapange chitukuko chowoneka, anthu a Nac-gate ngati amenewa.

  2. kalapashi says:

    Voti ya Umayor ma Councallor munasakha bwanji?

  3. lumbart says:

    But guys the mayor is too old no wonder he is very passive iye Bola wadya, ku pita ku toilet. Ndi kugona kwa iye wamaliza masewero. Komanso no wonder he is dpp watengera tulo Ta apm. Nonsenu just resign apm ndi mayor okalambayu

  4. lumbart says:

    Stupid old mayor u are very stupid
    Just resign ulibe mzeru we need anyamata ngati noel chalamanda othamanga ndi chitukuko

  5. Mwiza says:

    Achoke otherwise we will go nowhere! Is he well exposed? I doubt it!

  6. Njonjoli says:

    Akulu, osangoti munali a federation ndikale bwanji. Nanga magetsi ndi federation zikugwirizana apa?

  7. mjiba says:

    ha ha anthu musatisekese Mayor akukanika ntchito? Kodi makhansalawo ntchito yawo ndi mayesa ndikuthandizana ndi Mayor Muleke ndale muyambe kutukula Lilongwe agalu inu

  8. kukalamba ndi ntchitoyi sidzikugwirizana we need munthu wachinyamata to help us. lilongwe is the capital city koma eeeish kwaipa bola panakakhala opanda ma councelors the vendors r back in the streets nde kaya ndi politics kaya

  9. Chimera george says:

    Ndatopanaye ameneo nkunyumba kwake ngwaumve uyu iyaaaaah

  10. Manuel says:

    I think it’s fair t compare current and previous mayors of LL NOT wth another city bcoz they have different sources and magnitude of incomes. Even salaries of employees and offices & machinery are different. That shows how richer is BT. city than LL city.

  11. Nyapapi says:

    Achokeeee!

    You stupid Lilongwe councillors vcan you quickly buy a tow truck to deal with the nuisance of trucks that always run out of ⛽ at the area 18 round about!

  12. CITIZEN X says:

    IF YOU READ COMMENTS HERE YOU WILL REMEMBER MY COMMENT WHEN THIS MAYOR WAS ELECTED “I SAID IT THAT HE WAS TOO OLD AND I DOUBT HE WOULD DELIVER” LOOK AT YOU CRYING NOW KIKIKIKI. THIS IS REALLY FUNNY TO ME BECAUSE I WAS RIGHT. THE OLD MAN SHOULD BE FORCED TO RETIREMENT ASAP, HE HAD HIS CHANCE AND HAS FAILED AND LETS USE HIM AS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL USELESS PEOPLE IN HIGH OFFICES THAT WE MALAWIANS ARE NOT GOING TO BE TAKEN FOR FOOLISH RIDES ANYMORE. SO WITHOUT ANY MORE WASTE OF TIME “YOU LILONGWE PEOPLE TAKE TO THE STREETS AND DEMAND HIS REMOVAL NOOOOOOOOOOOW.

    ACHOKE, ACHOKE, ACHOKE, ACHOKE, ACHOKE, ACHOKE. NEXT APM WATCHOUT

  13. ndi a utsilu ameyjwo coz dpp adazolowela kuba basi zitsilu zimezi

  14. Leo says:

    Zithyupiti Mayor. Last Friday night I was traveling from Blantyre. I was very furious to see that the streets had no working lights, I asked myself, where is the mayor. No wonder he is DPP. This is a deliberate plan to punish people of central region. You are stupid nad brainless because people living in Lilongwe are not only from Central region. You are even punishing the southerners who voted for you. I was against FEDERALISM but when I saw the non working lights in the streets of Lilongwe I said may be FEDERALISM will solve this trash.

  15. Sinthani says:

    W need street lights in BT along all key roads. Its pathetic to see people walking in the dark from CBD to their residences in Chemussa, Mbayani and others. Black outs over the Kamuzu Highway – you will see vehicles one day slumping over pedestrians. The mayor is doing fine but this need city’s urgent attention.

  16. Nyamtawali says:

    You can imagine the street vendors are back in the streets. We envy you people in Blantyre. the mistake these Lilongwe councilors did was to elect an old man. No new ideas. He is not innovative. We need young vibrant men who can bring in new ideas. From the airport to old town no street lights. you will only find light from MIM to Kanengo. City cntre no street lights. everywhere its dark and yet street lights are there. akuti akuopa bill komanso umbanda wachuluka kwambiri. Kodi kulibe councilor wachinyamata? awa a Mayor he is not exposed. that is why. He thinks ndi nthawi yochita please achipani. not this time madala. wake up Mr. Mayor. Emulate what your friend is doing in Blantyre. This is the capital city man!

  17. Cashgate1 says:

    Vuto lami dala kukakamila mipando koma sakupanga deliver. Go ku LL depot you will be amazed how filthy LL is. And you wonder why we have mayor or councilors. Ma ideas adatha kalekale mmutu.

  18. Lanjeni C!! says:

    Koma ndiye wayankha mwanotu!!!!

  19. saini says:

    vote of no confidence for the mayor and not working committee ,Mr mayor wake up and produce the need results

  20. Peter says:

    Anthu aku Lilongwe munapanga za chamba. You had good capable leaders for mayor but you chose izi chifukwa cha ndale. WAKE UP MALAWIANS IN LILONGWE WAKE UP!!

  21. Alungwana says:

    Iwe mbewa vumbwe mphumbutela mayor wa Lilongwe, ukudya ndalama zathu nde usayankhule mw mwano wamva. Misewu mabowo okhaokha ndiye ukuti chani?

  22. Phoya says:

    Madala akula asiyile ana

  23. concerned says:

    when things are not working, the blame goes to a leader. in this case the mayor need to make the committee work, period or resign.

  24. HOP says:

    I was very surprised that a City like LL could have a mayor like this one. A retired primary school teacher………… Are yo surprised yu councillors? did you not know what you were chosing in the first place? I thought you elected him? You are so dull. BT is ofcourse in the right direction. They knew what they were doing right from the beginning. They knew what calibre of a person to elect and why. You seem you didnt know that. It is not by accident that BT mayor is doing what he is doing. It is in him, he went to school, he has travelled, he knows what cities look like. He has passion for his city. He didnt require police to chase vendors from the streets. He did it himself. You are failing to do all that. You are a group of disorganised lot, not worthy leading a city like LL.

  25. Ameneyo says:

    So the Mayor is waiting for councilors to form development committees. Well, what will happen if councilors do not form the said committees for the next 6 months? My guess is that the mayor will still be sitting in his office waiting for the councilors to form development committees. Tinavotera mabwana obale wanga. Tili m’madzi!!

  26. Zagwazatha says:

    I pity this comment of the Mayor Lilongwe remain a poor capital city. Look at our buy deport how impoverished it is. if Kamuzu comes back and sees this bus deport we will laugh at us. The bus deport remains the way it was during his reign nothing has been done after him. Mr Mayor are you waiting for the committee to meet to that you can atleast do something. Anyway, you also have the obligation to see and improve the status of you City. Why is it that you friends Mayors of Bt and Mz are doing something and yet you are just quit waiting for the committee to meet. Mr you will wait and wait and if they do not meet what will happen. Pliz do something its a shame to see people travelling abroud and coming from abroad should be dropping in the streets. Do something construct a bus deport worthy celebrating 50 years of independence, where internal buses have their temirnals and local buses their temirnals well arranged, where passangers can watch television while waiting board. Let’s really make Malawi a warm heart of Africa instead of the dirty heart of Africa.

  27. AK 47 says:

    For the garbage please contact Beam for assistance because we have not heard anything on how the organization has utilized the millions they raised during that NAC gate function

  28. Anjumile says:

    The councillors need to know their role!! Its all politics here

  29. Nyangwani says:

    As Mayor, push these councillors. That’s why you are a leader. If u keep quiet, they wil not do anythng. Councillors need someone who can direct them.

  30. Alungwana says:

    So you say you cant go and fix the street lights? Ok. You say the comittees are not active, who activates them? Why then are you there? Just to have the allowances and bribing the amwenyes

  31. kambwali says:

    Mayor wogona uyu

  32. wa ku nkhoma says:

    nkhalamba ya mayor chomwe wachitapo iye ndikulanda mkazi wa mzake akuona ngati azakhala mayor mpaka kalekale matama ali thoooo! tisinthane ndi chalamanda mnyamata wachitukuko.

  33. PLEASE MAYOR WORK WITH THE PUBLIC TO BUILD NICE CITY. WORK AS A TEAM, YOU WERE NOT BORN IN THE OFFICE, DO YOUR GROUND WORK ALSO.

  34. chakhalira says:

    Iyayi a Mayor abvomere kuti alibe Vision ya City yawo. In the very Old Days in Blantyre we had Mayor Jumbe. This man took Blantyre as though it was his own. To those of us who lived in Blantyre in the late 70’s to late 80’s, Blantyre City was the safest and cleanest City. He had the standards for what he desired for a City. That is why you can see Mayor Chalamanda is trying all what he can do to reinstate the lost glory of Blantyre City. Awa angobvomera kuti he does NOT know what it takes to be a mayor. Imagine ma Vendor, anzawo ku Blantyre ndi ku Mzuzu they are not in the streets, koma iwowa awachotsa lero mawa abweranso. If the Mayor knew what to do, let him summon the Councillors and School them what he wants the City to be like. Alibe Vision, Achoke or start working. Much more consult Mayor Chalamanda. Imagine Mayor Chalamanda is thinking of introducing CCTV Cameras in the City to truck thieves. Soon he will introduce Speed monitoring Cameras to monitor motor vehicles speed.

    Akanika achoke!!!!!!!!

  35. Zidura Ntengo Ubdigwere says:

    Councilors planning a coup, now, with the help of MCP eti? Mugwa nazotu zimenezi.

  36. Penani Unenesko says:

    Chisokonezo icho,tapangani makomiti ndipo muthandizane.

  37. Mpezeni Phiri says:

    Basing on his comments, this man has openely showed that he is a failure and clueless for what he is supposed to do as a mayor. Vuto lotenga udindo with an aim of getting own benefits ndilimeneri. You mean on your own as a mayor you dont have developmental ideas and soluttions as you only waiting from the so called committes? If you saw that the committes are doing nothing what have you done yourself to ensure that things are being done? Vendors are back in the streets, potholes everywhere, litter is everywhere, street lights not working. moti iwe Chapondera zimenezi ukufunaso kuti ma committe akachite kukuwuza? wekha sumaziwona?iwe umakhala ku USA? moti iwe ulibe solution yake, sukuwona mene Chalamanda akupangira ku Blantyre, why cant you borrow a leaf? Your a useless & clueless old crap and a waste to be a mayor. Vuto ndi sukulu sunapite nayo patali hence you have limited thinking. Impeach this pregnant old pig please and save our city from this nonsense!

  38. DUWA KALIRANI says:

    Mbaba chapondera, you don’t have leadership skills. Period

    nyapapi

  39. Mfwethu says:

    I agree with the councillors, this mayor compared to his counterparts seems to have no clue just as his party. Chalamanda and the Mzuzu mayor have been in the forefront of several activities in their respective cities but not this chapondera. he is ineffective and even if he says the committees have to be active, it is his responsibility to take to task his members if he thinks they are not doing their part, otherwise as they say the buck stops with him!

  40. Patriot says:

    Yea yea yea.
    In fact ALL passive leaders MUST be impeached makamaka akakhala mgulu la bwampini li.
    I support the motion 2000 times.

  41. Great Caesars Ghost says:

    usually I am one to say six months is too short a time, unfortunately for the mayor for LL city pali NC in BTs to contend with and you just look puwa, so pepani a mayor but indeed its time to go!

  42. Kanyimbi says:

    a MCP tayambani mwapanga ma committee. Zinazi zizikhala ngati mukudana ndi DPP pomwe chitukuko ndi cha anthu. Muchedwa nazo.

  43. louis mlomwe wachitonga says:

    kaya muchotsana pampando kaya simuchotsana, all we want is development, amalawi sitidya ndale.

  44. Nachipanti says:

    A Mayor musayambe kutumbwa apa. Zakugwani nanunso… You will have to be taken out that seat. You do not have anything to offer

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