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Mayor woos private sector

Mayor Councillor Wild Ndipo on Wednesday evening hosted the private sector to a dinner at the prestigious Protea Ryalls Hotel with an aim of outlining the programmes and projects the Council plans to undertake.

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Mayor elected MALGA president

Mayor Wild Ndipo has been elected president of Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA). He defeated the former president Lilongwe District Council chairperson Samson Chaziya during elections which took place at Mzuzu City Council.

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Mayor hosts EU ambassador

Ambassador and Head of European Union (EU) delegation to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann on Monday paid a courtesy call on His Worship the Mayor Cllr Wild Ndipo.

Mayor Ndipo presents a gift to EU envoy Marchel Gerrmann

The one hour discussion centred on what the Council was doing in the provision of quality services and on the other hand, the EU contribution to Malawi in general and Blantyre City in particular.

Ndipo was in the company of his deputy Cllr Joseph Makwinja.

The Mayor informed the ambassador that the Council was determined to deliver high level municipal services to the residents.

He, however, noted that financial constraints were a setback. The ambassador was shocked to learn that the Council receives only five percent funding from government of its annual budget of about K4 billion.

EU is supporting water and sanitation projects in the City.

28 modern toilets under construction

Blantyre City Council and its partner WASTE Malawi has started construction and rehabilitation of public toilets under the Sanitation Service Level Agreement Project which is being co-financed by the Council and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Toilet under construction in Mbayani Ward

Under the first phase of the project, 28 toilets are currently under construction/rehabilitation while it is expected that about 100 facilities will be erected in the city by the end of the project.

The sanitation facilities are disability friendly and most of them will have showers to allow people to refresh. “

Toilets are very important and we have prioritized the areas where the situation was worsening, to make sure that the people are living in good conditions,” says Dr Emmanuel Kanjunjunju, Director of Health and Social Services.

“To make sure that people take full responsibility f the facilities and also maintain the high standards, once completed the toilets will be handed over to entrepreneurs in an open bidding process to run them,” he says.

Active Youth and Social Enhancement (AYISE) executive director Marcel Chisi says the project will be very instrumental as it will change the mindset and life style of people into responsible and healthy citizens.

“We have instigated this project to make sure that Blantyre City is not polluted. We will continue to inspect the areas where these projects are taking place to make sure that they are done in time and accordingly,” Chisi said this on Wednesday during the inspection of the project sites.

Blantyre City has new Mayor

The newly elected Mayor Wild Ndipo says he will continue from where former Mayor Noel Chalamanda left in taking the City forward in terms of development and delivery of other municipal services.

Mayor Ndipo: The new bloom

Ndipo was elected on Monday, January 9, 2017 replacing Chalamanda whom he deputized for the last two and half years. Bangwe Ward Councillor Joseph Makwinja is now deputy Mayor.

Cllr Makwinja: Second in command

“Every development that we all see in Blantyre is a result of team work and this team work will continue during my term of office so that we create a better Blantyre,” said Ndipo.

“I would like to guarantee the residents of Blantyre that the red star campaign succeeds, revenue collection improves, and outdated by-laws are improved,” he said.

The outgoing Mayor, Noel Chalamanda has pledged his total support and cooperation with the new leadership.

City residents celebrates entry into 2017 with fireworks

This is how it was on New Year Eve!!! Blantyre City Council in partnership with Rab Processors Group and Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) organized Big Night Fireworks: Family Extravaganza Night event which took place at Independence Arch on December 31.

Fireworks that mesmerised me

The extravaganza was planned to bring families together, count down to 2017 and experience cracking of fireworks. Mayor Noel Chalamanda said as per the Council’s motto “Taking the City back to the people” the extravaganza portrayed that Blantyre City residents adore the City and “we have witnessed a lot of families coming here to watch the fireworks together.”

Thousands of Blantyre City residents and people from outside gathered at the Independence Arch to celebrate the entry into the New Year.

As the time clocked 00:00am, huge explosion was heard signaling the cracking of fireworks which lasted for about 20 minutes.

Mayor Chalamanda being interviewed live on MBC TV during the event

There was jubilation, hugging and shouting among the patrons as the man charged with the responsibility of cracking fireworks did his job.

Blantyre City Council Chief Executive Officer Dr Alfred Chanza has declared that fireworks on new year’s eve will now be an annual event.