Confusion besieges Blantyre City Council over funds

Cracks have emerged within the hierarchy of Blantyre City Council (BCC) just few days before the expiry of an ultimatum handed on it by Members of Parliament from within the city, Nyasa Times understands.

A group of irate Parliamentarians, three weeks ago, nearly sealed BCC main offices at Civic Centre demanding an immediate resignation of the entire management for what they described as “gross incompetence”.

The lawmakers took to task BCC Chief Executive Ted Nandolo and his team of directors demanding an explanation as to why funds from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) were not being disbursed to them.

But according to Nyasa Times sources, in an effort to be seen innocent, Nandolo and Director of Administrative Services, Alfred Chanza, reportedly pushed the blame to Director of Commerce, Dennis Chinseu, as the causative agent of the delay.

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Chinseu is also chairman of the council’s procurement team which has Nandolo and Chanza as members too.

The development angered Chinseu who reacted angrily to the matter before resigning as chairman of the team.

“The situation was tense because the Chief Executive and Mr. Chanza blamed Mr. Chinseu and yet they are both members of the procurement team and Mr. Chinseu could not do any transaction without the blessing of CEO,” said our source.

He alleged: “The fact of the matter is that Mr Chanza and Nandolo diverted the funds to their own interests so they are playing hide and seek while looking at ways of replacing the funds,” he said.

He said since the incident happened Chinseu has not been in talking terms with the two particularly the Director of Administrative Services.

“The situation is not healthy,” noted our source, “we don’t know what will happen next.”

Efforts to speak to Chinseu proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered after several attempts.

The government-financed CDF is supposed to be used by lawmakers in carrying out projects in the constituencies such as construction and rehabilitation of roads, bridges and public school blocks.

According to our source, during the 2012/2013 financial year BCC was allocated K56 million for various developmental projects in constituencies within the jurisdiction of the city council but the council has just released about K12 million.

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