Mzuzu City Council has ruled in favour of Masasa Ward councillor Yona Mkandawire in a border dispute with his Msongwe counterpart Judith Chiumia.
Chiumia claimed part of Mkandawire’s ward in a silent spat in which she was accused of encroachment.
Mzuzu deputy mayor Alexander Mwakikunga, who was mediating, has ruled that the contested section—between Mzuzu Prison and Mzuzu Court house—belongs to Masasa Ward.
The decision was arrived at after consulting Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and the city’s Planning Department.
“Maps at the Electoral Commission show the section belongs to Mkandawire’s ward. I don’t know what made her claim the area,” said Mwakikunga.
Both Chiumia and Mkandawire did not pick up their phones when called to hear their side of the verdict.
But the ruling marks an end to a wrangle in which Mkandawire accused Mzuzu City legislator Leonard Njikho of backing Chiumia’s encroachment.n