Ward councillors have threatened to camp at Capital Hill, the seat of government in Llongwe in a bid to force government for K1 million loan for each one of them to buy motorcycles for easy mobility.
Samson Chaziya, chairman of Malawi Local Government Association said it was surprising that the same government made a promise to the councillors to offer them loans soon after they were elected and a year down the lane, the same administration is playing hide and seek on the same matter.
Chaziya on Wednesday gave Ministry of Local Government and rural development to provide councillors with motorcycle loans as enshrined in the conditions of services for the councils or else councillors will camp at the Ministry’s headquarters in Lilongwe.
“We want the government to know that we need the K1 million loan for each councillor as per the promise. We are failing to execute our job effectively and efficiently because of lack of mobility. We don’t want to be judged as failures when our term of office ends,” said Chaziya.
He acused the government of double standards, saying it gives out loans to parliamentarians for vehicles without any delays and it is dilly dallying for councillors.
Chaziya appeal for motor cycle’s loans comes hot amid another petition which MALGA made in July last year.
MALGA petitioned President Peter Mutharika for failure of his government to provide councillors with motorcycle loans as earlier agreed by the Ministry.
The chairman of all councillors said it will be difficult to recover all the money from the councillors from their allowances if the loan is delayed as they will only have a few years before their term ends.
Councillors do not get salaries but a monthly honorarium whom the government would be deducting from.
“If we are not told the exact date when we will get the loans, we will get our brackets and sleep at Capital Hill. We are not joking. What we want is that the government should give us the loans in this financial year, preferably soon after the mid-year review in February not in the next financial year in July,” he said.
Ministry of Local government spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho said the governnent will honour its promise.
“The government will give them their loans. The minister of Local Government has taken up this issue personally to ensure the councillors get the loans so this should not be cause for worry,” she said.
She however could not say the exact date.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :