Veep challenges city councils, municipalities on reforms

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima concluded his reforms meetings with District/city councils and municipalities across the country on a high note.

Chilima held the meetings in seven days of three weeks and discussed reform areas which the councils and municipalities can take in areas of tourism, mining, fishing in order to aid in job creation for youth, women and other vulnerable groups.

Apart from the job creation aspect, Chilima discussed how councils and municipalities can take advantage of some sectors to gain financial empowerment and ensure efficient service delivery.

The vice president  challenged councils to be futuristic and think of projects that are sustainable in the long run.

The councils also outlined how they plan to increase their revenue base, for instance Mulanje district council said it plans to embrace tourism through Mulanje mountain  and other tourism sites where as  Machinga wants to upgrade its Malape hills to a tourist attraction area.

On the other hand, most councils which the veep engaged have planned to introduce paying wards at hospitals to supplement revenue and these can learn from Rumphi District council which realizes an average of 2 million Kwacha per month.

Chilima has since announced that come 3rd November, 2020, the Minister of Local Government will be signing a Performance Agreement Contract with His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President of the Republic, committing that all Councils will implement the reforms.

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