A list recently released by the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) on city rates defaulters has busted some of the country’s tobacco companies that are reportedly owing the city over K45 million.
According to the list is Africa Leaf—JTI which has a K4 316 986.00 debt.
Also on the list is Associated Tobacco Company (ATC) which owes the council K12 347 122 for its account number 220690000..
According to Associate Professor Mustapha Hussein of University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, the tobacco companies are lacking morals.
“It is very surprising. Responsible institutions and citizens will always check their accounts and honour pay their dues even in cases where there is a weak enforcement of revenue collection,” said Hussein.
He opined that there was need for the council to strengthen follow up mechanisms in order to deal with would be defaulters.
LCC is in total chasing for K2.9 billion which is owed by different individuals and institutions.
LCC chief executive Richard Hara has expressed his disappointment saying his office would make sure that the rates are paid in full.
“We’re surprised that these companies are appearing as defaulters. They are big companies which make big profits,” he said.
He warned that should the companies fail to pay their bills within 30 days after they were published in the press, LCC will sell their property in order to recover the money.
Among other things, Hara said, the city uses the money they collect to pay salaries and on other projects such as fixing of street lights.
The Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP drew public anger from their faithful when they booked an appointment with Pres. Peter Mutharika recently asking him to intervene in the K30 million bill they owe LCC in city rates.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :