Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has bought a vehicle for deputy mayor Frazer Chunga, leaving out his boss mayor William Mkandawire who does not have an official car.
But the council has defended the buying of a K19 million Toyota Corolla.
MCC chief executive officer (CEO) McCloud Kadammanja said in an interview yesterday the council felt Chunga deserved the vehicle more than Mkandawire because he is using an old vehicle.
“We looked at who really needed a vehicle. We know the mayor does not have an official vehicle, but there is a vehicle that we assigned to him from one of the departments.
“Looking at the resources we have, we agreed that we should first buy one for the deputy mayor because the vehicle he was using was too old which was embarrassing,” he said.
Kadammanja argued that Mkandawire needs a Toyota Prado to be at par with other mayors, but the vehicle would cost the council at least K60 million.
Mkandawire said it is understandable for the council to buy a vehicle for his deputy considering the financial situation the council is in.
The buying of the vehicle comes at a time when the council is struggling to provide services to the city. n