3 councillors sold Karonga council plots illegally: ‘Pay back the money’

Three ward councillors have apologised for illegally selling plots to vendors at Karonga Central Market.

Simsokwe: Claims to have  sold the plots ignorantly

The three, Steve Simsokwe, Smart Mwakayira and Mgesalayumo Mwangonde made the apology during a full council elective meeting saying they will pay back in three months the K2 400 000 they realised from the sale.

The councillors and some council officials are reportedly  to have been selling the plots at K40 000 each, which other quarters also faulted saying the price was on higher side since the price is K20 000.

Speaking on behalf of others, Simsokwe, who was elected new district council chairperson, said they sold the plots ignorantly and did not use the money for their personal benefit.

He said: “We ask for your forgiveness. We didn’t know that we are not entitled to do that.

“We thought its part of our job together with council officials. We won’t do it again.”

Traditional Authority Kalonga asked the council to remove Simsokwe as district council chair, saying his involvement will dent the council.

“I don’t know why you have elected Simsokwe new council chairperson,” he said.

The council resolved that the three will be suspended if they don’t pay back the money in three months and that the case.

In an interview, Karonga district commissioner Paul Kalilombe said he will send a report to local government headquarters.

“I am optimistic that the headquarters will advise us accordingly,” he said.

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TRUTH
TRUTH
1 year ago

Very sad, this crook Simsokwe was once used by Undule then HRDC and UTMCP. I do not know how he can chair a council when he can not know his job description. He is a chief with his friends and all the three no school. Mr Kalilombe be vry careful with this boy Simsokwe. He has strong links with Chilima and Mtambo. Even if you report nothing will happen.

No
No
1 year ago

Report the issue to police

Mulopwana
1 year ago

Council Chair does not know his limits. Kikiki angobweza Mk20000 per plot and kip the other over payment kkkkk

Banda
Banda
1 year ago

You sell Government Property keep the money then ask for 3 months to pay the money back. Really you stole Government money and wish 3 months to make restitution and keep your jobs.
Eish pay the money back in 3 months and RESIGN or go to jail. DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS cheating citizens.

Zondeni
Zondeni
1 year ago

He should not be the chair. Fire him.he had no powers yet he wilded it. Now imagine he is chair.

Auctioneer
Auctioneer
1 year ago

Just get back the land, we dont need the money.

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