Zomba City Council (ZCC) is developing a five-year strategic plan to improve its operations and enhance service delivery.
Currently, the council is consulting stakeholders in the city that include the business community, ward committees, councillors and staff of the council to solicit their input to be incorporated into the document.
The council’s previous strategic plan expired in 2015.
Speaking during a consultation meeting with city executive committee members in Zomba, the council’s director of administration Mussa Mwale said ZCC wants to develop a plan that will guide it to implement projects in a coordinated way.
“The strategic plan will be our document for long- term plans that will guide us where we want to be as a council in the next five years,” he said.
The development of the strategic plan is coming at a time the council has just finalised the revision of its by-laws and was recognised as a model council in the implementation of Public Sector Reforms at a recent reforms meeting for councils in Blantyre.
Mwale said the council intends to merge the by-laws, reform plans and the strategic plan to transform the city to a status that will attract investment and bring positive change for the residents.
During the consultations, members, among others, suggested to the council to include in the strategic plan the demolition of archaic buildings in the city, increase markets, extend city boundaries, construct more schools and markets and reinforce the construction of two-story buildings in the city.
The consultations and formulation of the strategic plan is being championed by Mustafa Hussein, a political science lecturer at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.