The Parliamentary Committee on Local Authorities and Rural Development has pledged support to local councils to review the Local Government Act and lobby for more funding.
The committee made the pledge during their visit to Blantyre City Council on March 11, 2020 to appreciate the processes of City rates collection and if targets are met, waste management and pollution control.
“We are here to appreciate what the Council is doing in the areas of city rates collection, waste management and management of the sewerage system,” said Honourable Horace Chipuwa, committee chairperson.
Dr Alfred Chanza, BCC Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the visiting Members of Parliament saying the visit offered the council an opportunity to share experiences and challenges of managing a commercial City.
During the meeting, the Council made presentations on City rates and other locally generated funding avenues, Liquid waste management with focus on the state of the sewer system in the City and solid waste management with special interest in the management of Mzedi Dump Site.
The parliamentarians toured Mzedi Dump Site where they were briefed about the waste to energy project which Gebis Energy Limited is expected to implement.
BCC is the only Council in Malawi that has a laboratory at Soche Waste Water Treatment Plant where among other things trade affluent tests are conducted and the MPs had the chance to appreciate the facility.