Mayor of Blantyre City Noel Chalamanda has urged companies, businesspersons and residents to rise and take their rightful place in driving the development agenda of the city.
The Blantyre City father said this at a recent dinner organised by an events management firm—Needles & Laces Events Planners—based in the city to allow the mayor and his councillors interact with their residents.
Chalamanda hailed the dinner as a rare opportunity for the council to interface with the people it serves.
He said challenges the city council faces have been there for decades; hence, the problems the council is set out to address will not be solved overnight.
He said poor infrastructure and systems failure in essential service delivery in the city needs no emphasis.
Chalamanda said: “The few roads are poor, potholed or patch-ridden, in need of proper drainage systems, with rugged or no pavements, no street lights or non-functional.”
Pamela Kasunda, a manager at Needles & Laces Events Planners, told the city residents that her firm organised the dinner to enable them to interact with their mayor and councillors.