The Mzuzu City Council has said it needs about K20 million to renovate the official residence of the city’s Mayor which is currently in dilapidated state.
Since being elected to the mayoral post, William Mkandawire has been living in a rented house for which the council pays monthly rentals of K200,000.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer, Macloud Kadam’manja, said the Mayor’s official house which was once sold in dubious circumstances—needs serious renovations before it can be occupied.
“We do not have a befitting house for him. We managed to fight for the house in court after we realised it was wrongly sold,” Kadam’manja said.
He added: “Now we have paid back the money to the one who bought it and we are only waiting for a full council meeting to decide whether to demolish and build another structure or carry out maintenance.”
During the full council meeting on Monday, the house was a subject of debate between councillors and secretariat because the latter allowed a tenant to occupy the house.
“I do not see any reason why we should be lenient with the tenant. He took us to court and claimed a lot of money because we wanted our house back” queried Leonard Njikho, Member of Parliament for Mzuzu City.
The councillors also pressured the secretariat to speed up the process of establishing the by-laws before their term ends in 2019.
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