Some residents of Mzuzu’s Chimaliro Township yesterday stormed Mzuzu City Council (MCC) offices to demand better services in their area.
The residents, from the upper part of Chimaliro, a low density area, expressed their anger at MCC for the poor services the city is offering.
The residents claimed that for years, they have been complaining of bad roads, lack of refuse collection services and lack of street lights and other services.
The residents refused to leave MCC offices when the secretary to MCC chief executive officer (CEO) McLoud Kadam’manja tried to drive them away for not coming with their ward councillor.
The secretary apparently annoyed the residents when she started bringing issues of protocol to block them from the CEO’s office and it took Kadammanja’s intervention to control the situation and give them an audience.
The residents said they suffer a lot, especially during the rainy season when roads become impassable and wondered why they are being sidelined in council’s projects when they pay city rates.
Kadammanja, who is also a resident of Chimaliro, said the people’s concerns are genuine.
“We planned to start constructing a loop road in July but procurement processes took long. As soon as we get approval we will start the work,” said Kadammanja.n