Mutharika bemoans mismanagement of resources by councils

President Professor Peter Mutharika has bemoaned the mismanagement of resources by the councils in the country, saying they are increasing levels of abuse of resources such as theft and corruption.

President Peter Mutharika meets with Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni

President Peter Mutharika meets with Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni

Some Members of Malawi Local Government Association  present before President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Some Members of Malawi Local Government Association present before President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Mutharika made the remarks Tuesday in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Palace during an audience with Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA).

He said this has to be stopped as soon as possible, because the practice discourages the central government and development partners alike from giving the councils more resources and responsibilities.

“It is the wish of my Government to move towards full decentralization, which would entail devolving the financial, human and physical resources to councils. I therefore request MALGA to help build the capacity of the councillors and support the accountability systems of councils,” said Mutharika.

The Malawi leader said he was aware of a number of challenges that councils experience, both structural and systematic and said his government is working hard to end those problems.

“I know that some councils have no capacity to raise enough resources by themselves, the long standing issue of the role of Members of Parliament ( MP) in Council processes and that some wards are bigger than others.

“Let me assure you that Government is doing everything possible to make our councils function to the desired levels. For example, we are reviewing the Local Government Act, and related Acts to be in line with modern demands of democracy and local governance,” said Mutharika.

He said government has made the Ministry of Local Government a priority agency in the Public Sector Reforms, because as government they believe that they get the local authority efficient and effective, they will complete the formula of the country’s development.

Mutharika therefore asked MALGA to help Government in the fight for mindset change among Malawians.

He said, “we need our people to believe in their abilities; to work hard; to be trustworthy; and to love their country. We need people that do not believe in handouts, but the fruits of their hard work”.

Mutharika  then appealed to all councillors across the country to be exemplary by working hard, being of high integrity and patriotic. If we all walk together, and work hard together for this country, everybody will be happy in the end.

According to Mutharika a prosperous Malawi is possible, and he said that is what we must all work hard for.

MALGA President Samson Chaziya who is also Ward Councillor for Mazengera Ward in T/A Mazengera of Lilongwe Mpenu Constituency said the President has assured them that all the proposals which have been submitted to him will be taken into consideration.

He said as councils they are straggling to operate because of funds and that during the meeting they have been assured that all the requests are being taken care of.

“MALGA will engage development partners to provide resources with which to build the capacity of the leadership of councils,” said Chaziya.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said it is clear that President Mutharika puts much emphasis on decentralization and issues to do with rural development.

He said it pleased the president to meet MALGA members and hear how they are carrying out their duties and the challenges they are facing upon their day to day duties in the councils.

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Mnchanga wa Mnchenga
We have Cabinet Ministers, like che Nankhumwa, he is a Local Government Minister, but frm his speach, it clearly shows that he is empty tin who have nothing to offer the ministry he is heading but to siphone frm there, thru allowances, etc: George Chaponda, was boasting that he is the performer, while he was busy global trotting, getting allowances 370 days per year as Foreign Affairs and International Cop- operation Minister, busy deploying friends and relatives, recalling those who have no relatives, yet Malawian representatives are and were busy siphoning Thousands of dollars from Malawians for personal use. With… Read more »
Ibrahim Hanahela

Iwe Pitala mbuzi imadya pomwe aimangilila. Umati a ku makhonsolo akakudyere ku chipatala? Ulira sunati, ma embassy akutafuna, makhonsolo akutafuna anthu ako a DPP akutafuna, ma civil servant akutafuna newenso udatafuna 577 billion Malawi Kwacha ndipo ukutafunabe. Palibe wabwino ada Pitala, you are all rotten apples, with you on the helm of kutafuna. where are those bags which were staffed with millions of kwacha which you stole from Kamuzu Palace before your own blood brother was still waiting to be intered? Lord have mercy.

Kaziulika Chimugonda

Mr. President, if you are serious, order police to arrest 75 people who stole MK15b from Min.of Agriculture. Police is waiting!!!

Winston Msowoya

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Winston Msowoya
Peter,are you really stable minded leader? Who misuse or mismanage public resources between you and the councils? It clicks my minds that you and your late brother Bingu are not balanced human beings,it is indeed a tragically error for Malawians to vote you into power,the ramifications now are both shameful and disastrous.Have you forgotten so soon that you hired a private jet at a cost U$300 plus to transoport your illiterate tribesmen to the USA, have you forgotten that your brother Bingu built Ndata complex costing poor tax payers K90million and how about your idiotic advisers? The list goes on.Candly,Mr.President,you… Read more »

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