Councillor for Chigoneka Ward the capital Lilongwe, Desmond Bikoko on Monday announced that he has surrendered his salary as councillor for rest of his five year term to the members of his ward to benefit the needy
Bikoko also said he would “surrender” his allowances in a bid to give something back to the community.
“My monthly ward allowances will go to benefit the needy and small scale projects within my wards. For a start, there is Nkwichi primary school in Area 47 sector 4 which was built by the Chinese Government as a gift to people of Chigoneka ward. The school needs computers among others things and I have already ordered some from South Africa and partially paid by my ward allowance as well as with personal finances. I also have a number of other projects lined up but small in nature,” said Bikoko.
Bikoko said during his campaign, he told the voters that he is not running to financially benefit but rather for the passion to help majority in society “who struggle to make ends meet”.
“I care about the welfare of people and my country; I need the platform of a councillor to effect changes that you will all come to appreciate. However, I do not want people in my ward to know that will not give handouts to individuals as that only promotes laziness and I appeal to fellow politicians to desist from the culture of handouts,” he said.
Bikoko has also lined up some plans to use his international network to attract foreign direct investment.
He commended President Peter Mutharika for challenging his ministers and their principal secretaries to come up with investment opportunities that exist in their respective departments within 30 days
Meanwhile, some Lilongwe city residents have commended Bikoko for showing the developmental spirit.