Mzuzu vendors for Council boss ouster

Vendors from Mzuzu City’s main market have vowed never to pay market fees until  government fires the Council’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Hara whom they accuse of lacking decorum and commitment to solving their pleas, Nyasa Times can reveal.

The cash strapped Council has far lost more than MK2.1 million since the vendors stopped paying market fees about a month ago. The Council gets a minimum of MK70,000 per day from the market.

Ina one page letter written in Chichewa and sent to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the irate vendors accuse Hara of withdrawing security guards from the market without consulting them.

Richard Hara:

“Safunakumva madandaulo a ma Vendor. Anatukwana ma Chairman a m’ma sectionamumsika,” reads part of the letter.

Hara confirmed that he had a copy of the letter.

“The time security was withdrawn it was at the request of the vendors committee and I was in the UK. May be they are other reasons the vendors want me out otherwise their reasons seem week,” Hara said in an SMS response to Nyasa Times.

The vendors said they saw no reason of paying market fees if they were taking care of the security at the market.

But Hara laughed off the call saying his performance as CEO is not measured by how he solves problems at the market.

“Market is just one of the areas we function and it cannot be the only area I can be measured on,” Hara said.

Hara also said that the vendors need to know his conditions of service before they call for his head.

“I was appointed as CEO not for specific contract period but full time employment,” he said.

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