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Parliamentary committee on Local Authorities visits BCC

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.

Hon. Horace Chipuwa: Committee Chairperson

“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.

Hon. Mkusa Nkhoma: Committee member

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.

Dr Alfred Chanza: BCC Chief Executive Officer

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.

 

Blantyre City commemorates International Youth Day

Councillor Thokozani Phekani, Education Committee chairperson has advised the youths in Blantyre to focus on education to ensure a bright future for themselves and the City as well.

Members of the youth mounted displays to showcase their potential

She was speaking on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at Mzamba Primary School during the commemoration of the International Youth Day.

“We urge parents and guardians to make everything possible so that their children can have access to quality education,” said Phekani, who represented the Mayor.

“Let’s work together to build a better nation by helping our children get educated. Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieve sustainable development. This is what is needed in this nation to build a better tomorrow,” she added.

She further challenged the youth: “The ball is in your hands, act responsibly and make full use of every opportunity you have. The future is all yours to waste. We are here because you are here.”

Member of Parliament for Blantyre City East, Sammy Suleman advised the teachers to avoid sexual relationships with students.

The day was commemorated under the theme “Transforming education.”

New ward Councillors pose with secretariat staff

The newly elected Ward Councillors on Friday, June 28 2019, took oath of office at a beautiful swearing ceremony held in the Main Chamber. Accompanied by spouses and other relations, Councilors took turns in saying “So help me God” amid ululation. 23 Councillors and eight Members of Parliament will meet on July 19, 2019 to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

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Council dissolved

The Council which was elected during the 2014 tripartite elections was dissolved on March 20, 2019 after serving a constitutional five year term.

During the term, two councillors served as Mayors. This first Mayor was Councillor Noel Chalamanda who served for a period of two and half years.

Councillor Wild Ndipo, who deputised Chalamanda, ascended to the position of Mayor in January 2017 and Councillor Joseph Makwinja was elected Deputy Mayor.

Dr Chanza, Chief Executive Officer poses with Mayor Wild Ndipo

Some of the major developments that have taken place during the five years are upgrading of roads in townships to asphalt surfacing, installation of street lighting, review and formulation of bylaws and improved working relationship with the private sector.

Also the Council helped in revamping of Sister City relationships  and introducing new ones. Some of the cities in twinning agreement with Blantyre City as Hannover of Germany, Norfolk of United States of America, Ndola and Kitwe of Zambia, Quelimane of Mozambique, Dar es Salaam of Tanzania and Gweru of Zimbabwe.

 

Quelimane Mayor visits Blantyre City

Quelimane Municipality Mayor Professor Manuel Araujo led a delegation of business persons from Zambezia Business Association on a four day official visit to Blantyre City in an effort to strengthen the Sister City relationship that exists between the two great cities.

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