PS faults Karonga council for ‘cashgate acts’

The Principal Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development Chris Kang’ombe has expressed disappointment over the decision issued by the Karonga district council to stop demolishing the illegal constructed shops surrounding the district bus deport as per local government law , saying the act contributes to the increase of ‘cashgate’ scandals in the country.

Kang'ombe visiting the illegal shops in Karonga

Kang’ombe visiting the illegal shops in Karonga

DC Rosemary Moyo explaining to the PS on the newly constructed shops

DC Rosemary Moyo explaining to the PS on the newly constructed shops

The 'illegal' shops in Karonga

The ‘illegal’ shops in Karonga

On Wednesday this week during an emergency full council meeting, Paramount Chief Kyungu issued a last decision of stopping the council to demolish the said shops after the development brought disagreement between the councillors and government officials claiming that he is avoiding violence if the council will follow the law.

However, Kang’ombe attacked the decision, arguing that the site is dangerous for construction and that the land demarcation procedurals were illegal.

Karonga DC and local councillors have been fighting over land distribution to vendors outside the main bus depot where shops have since been constructed.

While the council chairperson Patrick Kishombe claimed that it is within the councillors’ legal mandate through the market committee to allocate plots to business people within the market area, District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo accused Kishombe and his team of bringing confusion to the council and flouting procedures.

Chairperson of the Health Committee, Harry Mwanyembe, also accused Moyo of overstretching the matter to hide “fraud” acts under her administration.

Speaking during a visit to the district on Friday with the aim of sorting out the confusion, Kang’ombe said ge was shocked to hear that the council called for emergency meeting on Wednesday to resolve the issue while stakeholders were communicated of his coming.

“It is very pathetic that we are tolerating wrong doings to continue taking place in our country because as of this situation technical advice were issued many times but people who were constructing the illegal shops still opted to break the law and twisted it as development,” said the PS.

“In true sense instead of developing the district only few people who have benefited in taking the illegal land will be the ones improving their living standards on the expense of poor Malawian,” said Kang’ombe.

According to Kang’ombe , the shops acts as a trap to accidents claiming “within a period of a month two accidents have already occurred what more if those shops start functioning because trees are inside and some are on top of the septic tanks an indication that nothing positive will happen.”

However, Kang’ombe failed to change Kyungu’s decision but urged the District Commissioner to give out the minutes of the two meetings to the ministry as government officials wants the Law to take its cost.

He then pleaded with people in the district to let government officials to work professionally than fear.

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16 thoughts on “PS faults Karonga council for ‘cashgate acts’”

  1. Mutu Wa Mbuzi says:

    Anyasa conde fufuzani alandaso makey a cipatala pa Kasowa amenewo

  2. chatonda says:

    What is happening in Karonga is very bad for the district and the nation. Who has said that laws should be in the hands of chiefs like Kyungu? What problems did Kyungu see that government did not see when making plans? Silly Kyungu and his stupid vendors. Nobody is above the law and let the law take its course. Last time it was Kyungu reporting to the President that DHO and staff are stealing medicine from Karonga Hospital. Why is he becoming another god in Karonga? Why did Peter also give him a Board Chair position for NAC as if he was Clinical Professional? This is the problem of politics of appeasement. Karonga is very powerful because he knows that government fears him BUT on day he will see what has shaved MPALA NKHANGA. Let the DC work professionally without silly bruts confusing her. The PS should act with speed by burning all these illegal structures immediately and DO NOT LISTEN TO ANY SILLY EXCUSES. Period

  3. Chindazi says:

    When these pipo were building…didn’t the council know that its illegal…For how many years have the shops been there… the time I was in Primary school,, then went to secondary school and college now I have worked for more than 5 years… my school fees came from these shops…. today then you say tigwese…. aaaaahhh how how

  4. Mwanangwa says:

    Banafyale kujitemwa, nga wali kusambire bekha pa mwi,a Ps mwayoboya makora a kyungu bakumanya waka kudikizga banthu, achina Bambe,mkandawire, bulukutu, chima late Ephron bose ni kyungu mweneyuyo, boma lingatukuka banthu working in fear

  5. kavyamba says:

    kkkkkkk Mr. PS wanama, cashgate waisiya komwe wachkako. mufuna akuwoneni kut mukugwila ntchito? a PS for the piece of land ku depot? shame!!!! thats for the chief to resolve. mavenda akwanu anakukanikani mwati mubwele kwathu? twema bene karonga twema!!!!!!!

  6. Kavuluvulu says:

    Just demolish visakasa ivyo. Those are death traps.

  7. Ulemu says:

    What people should know is that these structures were constructed during he night. People were dumbofounded when they woke up in the morning and found out that structures were erected in one nigth. This shows that those people who were given this land knew that what they were doing is illegal that is why they were doing it in the cover of darkness. Ask any patriotic karonga resident, he/she will confirm to what am saying. The Ps and his ministry should not allow these corrupt acts to prevail. It must be brought to halt.

  8. popapo says:

    Paramount Kyungu is just helping the very Government by trying to avoid violence once these shops are demolished. If such reasoning makes Kyungu powerful then I do not understand, the best is to amicably engage in further dialogue with all concerned parties. Issues of corruption might have played part in Vendors taking law in their own hands to construct these illegal structures. Bwana PS look around this issue and do not just conclude, inu mumakhala ku Lilongwe a DC muasiya with unfinished business.

  9. wamuchalo says:

    Iwe Yatota Mullomwe, Useke kukamwa ukunukha! faK UU!

  10. Professor Chipsenthe wa Mavuzi says:

    Kodi a Kyungu vuto lanu ndi chani!

  11. Yatota Ilowe says:

    Atumbuka please slow down. Dzana Mtumbuka wina analanda chipani cha Mai othawa kwawo; dzulo Mtumbuka wina amamenya achipani cha Mai othawa kwao; lero Mtumbuka wina akulamula kuti mavenda azimanga tizisakasa paliponse! Koma Atumbuka mitu yawo imagwira ntchito? If you are Tumbuka and mutu wako umayenda bwino, RAISE YOUR HAND!!!

  12. Tili Chenene says:

    Construction does not happen over night even of a very small shop. Where was the council when these buildings were being constructed?

  13. JAPHET KAIRA says:

    Is MP kamwambi alive or dead the constuancy is dead too,thats the problem of electing ignorant MPs,thankyou kyungu for your pple

  14. Mapiri says:

    Dont give in to Kyungu. He’s missing his powers. Just demolish the illegal shops. Those councillors don’t know what they are doing. The DC is right. Councillors have not right to distribute land.

  15. cheyo the real northerner says:

    Quite right PS. Kyungu must not be very powerful

  16. Malawiyano says:

    It’s good that the Paramount Kyungu is defending his own people unlike the uneducated MP Kamwambi who is just a figurehead .

    Paramount is for the people , that Karonga Market is for the mixed tribes of all the suffering Malawians ,demolishing those market buildings Peter Munthalika will know the Karonga people he has to be warned in advance before he instructs the police men to do it at night.
    That is the second market place which the same government had shifted people to go and do business , what else do they want people to do ?

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