Mayor pleads for public property ownership in Malawi commercial capital

Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda said the Council is grappling with public property vandalism which is a setback to development as resources are used to replace same things.

Mayor Chalamanda: No Vandalism
Mayor Chalamanda: No Vandalism

Chalamanda told the second ordinary council meeting on Monday that vandalism was the major challenge which has to be rooted out.

He said among the most targeted properties by vandals were street lights, sewer pipes and traffic lights.

“Vandalising of council property remains rampant,” said Chalamanda. “People have vandalised the sewer system, street lights, traffic lights and many more facilities. Let me appeal to all of us to take ownership of these properties,” he said.

Chalamanda said there is need for the judiciary to impose stiff punishment on those found guilty of public property vandalism.

“Sometimes we are let down by weak laws. I would like to make a request to our judiciary to mete very tough punishments on the vandals so that others can be deterred,” he said.

He said despite the vandals, the heavy rains have also contributed to the damage of roads in the city and that as a council it will do its best to end some of these problems.

“Let us join hands to address some of these challenges. We need cooperation between the council and the residents. We need to work together and I can assure you that we are determined as a council to transform the city,” he said.

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Black Market
Black Market
6 years ago

Is it judiciary or parliament which makes weak laws? Tell the responsible to make tough laws on heavy rains too.

It’s not surprising that Malawi is the poorest nation in the world. Weak laws rhetoric leaders with sweat speeches. If all what Bakili Muluzi Joyce Banda promised were implemented, Malawi could miss on the least 10 poorest nations list in the World. Dziko Lilongwe mmanja mwa agalu.

Kika Kanawe
Kika Kanawe
6 years ago

May the Mayor also consider spraying mosquito repellents and slashing tall grass around Manase sewerage plant as people living around this area are being troubled with mosquitoes and causing health among the people living this sewerage plant.I would love to see something happening than hearing regarding this problem if you are a mayor worth your salt

obaba
obaba
6 years ago

is failure to fix robots as a result of vandalism

Citizen X
Citizen X
6 years ago

MR MAYOR, YOU SPOKE OF MAKING BLANTYRE GREEN!!! WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW IS, AS THE RAINS ARE ABOUT TO FINISH HOW MANY TREES HAVE YOU PLANTED IN THE CITY? I HOPE ITS NOT TOO LATE BUT PLEASE JERKUP AND MOBILIZE YOUR PEOPLE TO PLANT AS MANY TREES AS YOU CAN BEFORE THE RAINS STOP OR WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL NEXT RAIN SEASON. THE STREETS OF BLANTYRE SHOULD BE HAVING TREES AND JURANTAS AS WELL. I AM BEGINNING TO DOUBT YOU NOW, IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR A BOY OF LOTS OF NOISE BUT NO ACTION????? WATCH THE CLOCK… Read more »

Mase
Mase
6 years ago

LL Mayor rocks

ujeni
6 years ago

This mayor talks too much but does nothing. He is no different to silly people we call politicians who have failed to put Malawi on the same level of development as our neighbours. All what people want to hear is actions. How can a country’s commercial city have three traffic lights spots and then none works, one dua carriage, no proper central business district, no proper bus station, no proper General Hospital, no street lights in residential areas, the list goes on and on. But it is no suprise, that is why we are number one as the poorest in… Read more »

special advisor
special advisor
6 years ago

A public figure must set the correct tone, so hats off Chalamanda. Keep it up. However, you’ll do well to make more things happen faster. Don’t just focus on the planned settlenents . also curb unplanned developments, illegal dumping of both domestic and I dusyrial waste, public parks, and services for young children, noise pollution, etc. Also, try to pull your cousins in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba along. We need some healthy competition to occur among you. Learn from Nigerian state governors. All the best.

wakukaya
wakukaya
6 years ago

He can not change everything overnight and make the commercial city a better city than ever let’s join hands with the Mayor and put our city a city to smile and habitable osamangoononga zithu basi mwachisawawa ayi

Ophiri
Ophiri
6 years ago

I have had enough rhetorics from this mayor and his publicity team when nothing is changing on the ground. Potholes, street lights, refuse collection remain big issues and yet the mayor is in the headlines everyday, for what. Please stop these unnecessary publicity stunts and give us service. Otherwise the LL is even better that he keeps quiet and the whole country forgets he exsists.

mmihavani
mmihavani
6 years ago
Reply to  Ophiri

Ophiri you are the one who do not understand things. The Mayor is saying that they are trying to fix these problems but you and your folks are a setback. The Assembly has on several occasions fixed street lights and dust bins but it’s you pigs who vandalise them. Most of you know who do these barbaric things but you don’t report them. Do you expect the Mayor to be guarding the public amenities? People should learn to be responsible.

Ken Malinda
Ken Malinda
6 years ago

That’s a timely appeal Your Worship. Would I request you to double as Mayor of Lilongwe as well? Please Your Worship!!

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