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Lilongwe City Council loses K18 million in 3 months

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By Rebecca Chimjeka:

The Lilongwe City Council is losing about K6 million every month in uncollected market fees, Malawi News has established.

This follows the decision by the vendors to stop paying the fees, claiming the council owes them a token of appreciation for chasing fellow vendors who were plying their trade in undesignated places, including roads and streets.

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Lilongwe City Council Chief Executive Officer John Chome confirmed the development on Tuesday, describing it as delicate.

“I would rather not comment on it for now because our engagement with the vendors has reached a delicate level,” Chome said.’

The council collects between K5m to K6m per month, according to one of the market fee collectors who confided with Malawi News.

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But for the past three months the council is failing to correct the money that could have been put in used for the development of the city.

City officials have been meeting vendors’ chairpersons in a move to persuade them to start paying the market fees.

But the vendors are adamant, demanding that the council needs to pay them first the service they rendered to it.

Meanwhile, Lilongwe City Mayor Julian Kaduya has emphasised that the council is working to automate its revenue collection to eliminate revenue loses.

Kaduya said the council has embarked on cleaning up and improve the council billing database and intensify its business licensing.

“We are strengthening financial management systems to ensure transparency, accountability and efficient utilisation of resources” Kaduya said

She, therefore, said the Lilongwe City Council has the capacity to collect K5 billion annually, but it has been failing due to corruption.

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