KA Council Chair, promises total revamp

Written by  Jordan Phiri, MEC Stringer

Councillor Harry Mwanyembe for Rukulu Ward has promised his fellow councillors and the whole council secretariat to put an extra gear in initiating and implementing various developmental projects in Karonga district so that he leaves a good legacy when his term of office expires in the next six months.

Councillor Harry Mwanyembe for total revamp of KA Council Councillor Harry Mwanyembe for total revamp of KA Council

Mwanyembe made the promise after he had retained his seat unopposed as a Karonga district council chairperson during a full district executive council (DEC) elections at the council’s chamber on Monday.


In his acceptance speech Mwanyembe said he will continue from where he had stopped during his last term, saying with support from the whole secretariat his first priority will be to clear the image of Karonga district council which according to him has been in the media with all sorts of bad stories.


The Rukulu Ward Councillor therefore appealed for collective efforts if the council is to perform beyond expectations in the next six months, saying running the office is not a one man’s show.


“Let me first of all thank my fellow ward councillors for entrusting me with the affairs of this office, I promise not to disappoint you.


Secondly, let me appeal for the secretariat’s technical support for us to discharge our watchdog role effectively. We are partners in development and not enemies, therefore, let us join hands in uplifting the face of our district Karonga,” Mwanyembe said.


He said his first task will be to make sure that the K98-million which is idle at the council is put to good use and the K25-million for district development fund (DDF) is also utilized in various projects in the coming six months of his office.


Mwanyembe also asked the council secretariat to expedite the reopening of Kaporo Health Centre which the Medical Council of Malawi (MCM) closed down few weeks ago due to poor hygiene and sanitation at the health facility, adding the community around Kaporo is greatly affected by the closure.


In his congratulatory speech, Paramount Chief Kyungu wished Mwanyembe and the whole council well during their tenure of office, saying all chiefs in the district will give him the maximum support in their pursuance of facilitating, implementing and monitoring of projects in the district.


Kyungu challenged all ward councillors that the last six months of their term will be a litmus test and they have to pull up their socks if they are to make it in the 2019 tripartite elections.


“The district belongs to us, so let us take a leading role in the council set up as these other members are here for work. This means that if we are not going to be aggressive ourselves in pushing for transparency, accountability and development then Karonga as a district will never develop," Kyungu said.


The paramount chief wondered as to how the whole council would let K123 million to be idle yet the area has so many unfinished projects.


The council for the first time elected a female ward Councillor for Mlare Joyce Nyondo as the deputy council chair and their term of office will come to an end in March next year.


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