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Chilima courts councils on financial prudence

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CRUCIAL: Chilima inspecting a dyke on South Rukuru River

Vice President Saulos Chilima has advised councils in the country to be financially prudent by among others devising sustainable income generating initiatives that would help economically develop the councils.

Chilima said the government needs councils that are reformed, progressive and responsive to the needs of the people.

Chilima was speaking in Rumphi District Tuesday after holding Reform Projects validation and progress review meeting with the District council officials.

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The Vice President also said Rumphi District has a wide range of tourist attraction centres which are crucial for income generation if well managed.

These include could Nyika National Park and Vwaza Game Reserve.

‘That could be crucial in developing the district if well managed and utilised. Such centers are capable of attracting both domestic and international tourists… The council is also planning for development of a residential and commercial area which is quite unique, we have not seen this in some parts of the country.

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Tourism is one of the one of the six reform areas that the council is implementing in which the council intends to enter into Private Public Partnership arrangement to finance all potential projects.

Apart from tourism development and financial sustainability the council is also working on agriculture productivity  and commercialization, urban planning, human capital development and environmental sustainability.

Earlier, the vice president inspected a project on Floods Early Warning System a project on South Rukulu River where flood directing gadgets have been installed in Mlowe area.

Similar engagements were also done in Chitipa and Karonga districts and the next lap of review meetings is expected in the next six months.

 

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