Chief executive officer for Lilongwe City Council (LCC), I would ensure that the controversy surrounding the sale of nine houses meant for senior managers of the council is investigated to its logical conclusion.
If I were the CEO of the LL City council, I would appreciate that the council’s move to ignore directives from government and the National Audit Office (NAO) raises a lot of questions and suspicion.
Yes, while the transaction might have been made when I had not taken up the council’s top seat, I would realise that it is my duty as the top most boss of the council to follow up on the issue for the good of the council and indeed those that were implicated including Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika.
How I wish I were my man Rich because I would appreciate that when the NAO’s argument is that the disposal of the real estate was irregular for the reasons that beneficiaries had never been sitting tenants of the houses at the time of the sale or indeed at any point and that they were sold below their real values, then there is indeed need to investigate the matter.
If I were the LL City Council boss, I would realise that it raises even more suspicion when the council is dilly-dallying on the issue even after its parent Ministry of Local Government ordered it to comply with NAO’s recommendation.
That is if only I were the big shot that is Richard Hara, but I am not the LL City Council boss, am I?