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.
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.