Balaka District Council has embarked on fees collection campaign that seeks to boost revenue generation to offset some of its liabilities.
The council’s revenue enhancement chairperson Ernest Kadzokoya said they are failing to function because they have a lot of debts.
He made the remarks at M’manga Primary School on Saturday during the launch of a revenue collection campaign supported by Nkhadze Alive Youth Organisation (Nayorg).
“We have been failing to pay workers, utility bills and collect refuse, but with support from Nayorg, our daily market revenue collection has jumped from K45 000 to over K100 000,” said Kadzokoya.
He said besides revenue collection campaigns, they have trained market committees and revenue collectors and developed a revenue strategy with support from other stakeholders.
On his part, Balaka District Council chairperson Michael Sauka said routine sit-ins and strikes have stopped since the new council management came into office. He added that fuel debts which hit K6 million, have been settled.
Nayorg executive director Charles Sinetre said the council was failing to provide services. “One of the achievements of the Tilitonse Foundation-funded ‘accountability and transparency on revenue collection, uses and management’ project is the facilitation of the return of Mangochi Turn-Off and Liwonde Roadblock markets from Machinga to Balaka which will improve revenue,” he said.