Veep engages local councils

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By Jayne Kaonga

Vice President Saulos Chilima is engaging local councils on public sector reforms to prepare them to effectively execute the provision of public service delivery.

According to Chilima, reforming councils will capacitate them to properly carry out their mandate.

On Monday, Chilima met officials of Kasungu Municipal, Kasungu District Council, Nkhotakota District Council, Salima District Council and Mchinji District Council.

Apart from updating on the progress of previous reform areas and outlining new reforms, the general message being put across the board is that the objective of the reforms is to do away with rigidity in councils to make them effective, efficient and professional.

Chilima reminded them about their mandate of making decisions on local governance and development at district level; promoting infrastructure development and consolidating local democratic participation.

For this to happen, according to the veep, the councils need to identify areas that will drive their financial sustainability and improve service delivery with the aim of improving livelihoods of Malawians.

The Veep insists that if the plans for revenue generation are prioritized, councils could move from over dependency on central government to self-sustainability.

The reform areas touch on promotion of tourism, innovations in revenue collection systems and expanding revenue base.

He cited a tourism opportunity for Nkhotakota which has seven lakes and a game reserve which he said if promoted, would create opportunities for expansion into water transport and sustainable fishing. 

He observed that all the councils are heavily affected by poor local revenue collection despite their ability to identify areas for improving revenue generation.

 

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