Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has started enforcing its laws on city rates by sealing properties of people that have not been paying dating back to three years ago.
According to LCC, the problem of not paying city rates cuts across industrial, residential and commercial areas hence the arrears have amounted to K 9 Billion in the last three to seven years.
The Director of Planning and Development who is also the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LCC, Hilary Kamela highlighted that the exercise did not just start out of the blue and the defaulters were given a heads up.
“After making calculations and other relevant paper work, we visited door to door everyone that owes LCC money was given letters and provided explanation and clarification where necessary,” he said.
Kamela said people should not be surprised when they are told how much they owe the LCC since the money accumulates over time by four percent every month if they keep on evading paying city rates.
He said this is the first step to overcoming this problem and if it persists, LCC would introduce another measure.
“The plan is to seal first so that the owners can come and settle their debts, however, if this does not work we will start seizing and selling the properties to get what is owed to LCC.” Kamela added, advising that “In a case that your property has been sealed, you are encouraged to go to the LCC offices to settle the default.”
However, if you cannot settle at once, you can discuss on the payment plan to show commitment and you will have access to your property.
Kamela encouraged and pleaded with everyone to make sure they pay city rates as it is the main source of money for running the office smoothly and ultimately help in providing best services.
“Apart from revenues, we heavily rely on city rates unfortunately, very few people are paying. So, I urge everyone to pay in order to help the council,” he said.
LCC sealed houses and shops in Area 10, Lilongwe Old Town and Area 2Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :