Mangochi — The Mangochi Town Council on Friday swore in local government representatives elected at the May 20 polls and also elected their chairperson, Ibrahim Lali Kacheya of Mikomwa Ward.
Speaking with the Malawi News Agency after the elections, Ibrahim Lali Kacheya said it was now time for Mangochi to transform into a town, saying there were a lot of problems which needed to be addressed in order for the council to stand out as a town.
Kacheya, who won the seat of a councillor on a United Democratic Front ticket, said some of the areas which required immediate attention included improvement of road network and general cleanliness of the town.
"Mangochi is supposed to be a Municipality but due to our negligence its status remains the same. Our election into office is an opportunity for us to work as a team to build our town.
"This team includes Members of Parliament, the Chief Executive Officer and Councillors who will work towards bringing tangible developments to people in the district," Kacheya said.
Kacheya assured that he would promote transparency and accountability in the operations of the council so that resources were evenly distributed to benefit all.
"We will endeavour to be transparent and accountable in the way financial resources will be used especially on revenue town council generates. We shall do that in the spirit of ensuring that all the resources available are used for the intended purposes," said Kacheya.
"It is my expectation that in doing so we are going to achieve meaningful developments in Mangochi," he added.
Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central Constituency, Dr. Clement Chiwaya, who is also the Second Deputy Speaker, said he came to witness the election of Mangochi Town Council Chairman because it (town) falls under his jurisdiction.
Chiwaya said he saw it necessary to be part of the elections process considering that Members of Parliament and local government councillors were supposed to complement each service delivery of the district.
He, however, further acknowledged that the absence of councillors in the past ten years has had a negative effect on most development projects which could have been done if these people (ward councillors) were in place.
"The coming in of councilors will bring a new way of doing things in the councils since the councillors will play an oversight role.
"For sure meaningful development will be attained since government provides a lot of resources to councils," said Chiwaya.
Chiwaya added that councillors would also simplify the work of a Member of Parliament since councillors would be doing a lot of work. He said the local government representatives would be working hand in hand with the Chief Executive Officer and Members of Parliament to develop Mangochi to grow into a Municipality.
Mangochi Town Council Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Misomali asked for unwavering support and cordial relationship from the newly elected Chairperson for an effective execution of planned developmental projects in the council. Mangochi town council has ten local government representatives.