Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has given main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) a 30-days deadline to settle rental arrears to the tune of K265 million it owes the city or risks losing its headquarters building in the capital Lilongwe opposite the Reserve Bank of Malawi.
According to LCC Director of Finance Jeremiah Sibande, MCP has been failing to pay city rates since 2001
despite several reminders.
And now LCC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Hara has said MCP and other listed properties tenants, “risk losing their listed properties if they do not settle the bills within the given 30 days.”
MCP Administrative Secretary Potipher Chidaya has accused the council of exaggerating the figures and allowing politics come into play in the issue of rates.
LCC recently published all the properties that are failing to pay city rates in the newspapers to remind owners that they are supposed to settle the outstanding bills or risk having their properties auctioned.