Mkandawire has said the coming of councillors in the city has brought sanity in the management of projects and other operations by Mzuzu City Council (MCC).
Speaking on Monday during the launch of the second phase of dissemination of local governance documents at Sunbird Mzuzu, Mkandawire said before councillors were elected to office, a number of projects in the city stalled and some were being implemented at a snail’s pace.
He said the coming of councillors has seen a number of projects taking shape and some being completed. He cited the Nsilo waste management and Mzuzu flea market projects which had stalled.
Mkandawire said there is also need for coordination in handling of issues to ensure the council properly delivers.
The Mayor said one aspect that the council was failing to address is the issue of illegal vending.
He, however, said people should not expect that councillors will address all issues at once. Mkandawire said there is need for patience as things cannot change overnight.
He said the coming of city chief executive officer McCloud Kadammanja will further enhance efficiency of the council. He said MCC secretariat will have no excuses for projects failure.
Mkandawire said the council was previously giving excuses because it had people in acting positions, but now that the council has been capacitated it should deliver.
Speaking at the same function, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said the coming of councillors has created high expectations for councils to deliver.
He said: “Well managed cities cannot only improve the wellbeing of the residents, but also complement Government agenda on the promotion of foreign direct investment because it is in these cities that most potential investors would stay.” n