Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has admitted that it does not have funds to either maintain the dilapidated mayor’s house or construct a new one.
This means mayor William Mkandawire will have to wait longer to occupy the official house recently vacated by the council’s creditor Joe Nyirongo.
According to Chief Executive Officer McLeod Kadammanja, the council needs about K20million to renovate the house.
However, the mayor and Mzuzu City parliamentarian Leonard Njikho demanded the engagement of expert evaluators as they feel the estimates are too high.
In an interview on Tuesday, the council’s spokesperson Karen Msiska said the council was cash-strapped and cannot embark on repairing the house.
“There is no readily available money. The good part is that the mayor is not pushing us to offer him an official house. If he asked us to provide one, we would not be able to look into that,” he said.
Mkandawire said he will not push for an official home because there are other pressing issues that need urgent funding. n