Mangochi Town Council chief executive officer Abubakar Nkhoma has bemoaned the drop in revenue collection, saying the decline is affecting the council’s service delivery.
He said this on Sunday after the council disinfected markets, civic offices and other strategic places in a bid to contain the further spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
Nkhoma said the council is collecting about K8 million per month out of the target of K21 million.
“As a result, the council is struggling to operate to the expected standards,” he said.
Nkhoma said the disinfection exercise was funded by government to the tune of K14 million because they had no money.
He attributed the decline in revenue collection to businesspersons’ failure to pay tax and the closure of other business places such as bottle stores and restaurants.
In his remarks, Mangochi Central Market chairperson John Kassim commended the council for disinfecting the market, saying they feel protected.