Salima — Councilors in Salima District Council have promised to put development programs ahead of politics as they are interested to serve the interest of the voters first.
Speaking during a panel discussion organized by National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) at Salima Town Hall on Tuesday, Councilor Beatrice Mbewe said the council can only achieve its goals if the councilors work together regardless of their political affiliations.
Mbewe who won the Maganga-Kuluunda Ward on United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket, further said that the good relationship in the council should not only be amongst the councilors, but should extend to the Members of Parliament (MPs), Ex-officials and the council secretariat.
"Time of politics is gone this is time for development , but we can only achieve meaningful development if we are in harmony and work together as people of Salima to develop our district and uplift the lives of people," said Mbewe.
Councilor for Kalonga Ward, Janet Chimpeni of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) concurred with Mbewe saying people of Salima should not get worried because the majority of the councilors are from the opposition parties.
"As in Salima we are ready to work together as one despite that the majority councilors are from opposition parties, we believe that this is not an issue in a democracy," said Chimpeni.
On his part District Commissioner Rev. Moses Chimphepo said that the council secretariat will make sure that the councilors are well oriented so that they do their work efficiently.
"As secretariat we are prepared to give all the support to the elected councilors so that they know the conduct of the council and do their job efficiently," said Chimphepo.
Salima council has ten councilors, six from MCP two from PP one each from DPP and UDF, and three MPs from the MCP and two from PP.