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Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has challenged council officials to be transparent in their operations, warning that no one will get away with suspected fraud.

Nankhumwa issued the warning in Nkhata Bay at the end of his tour of the Northern Region where he inaugurated a number of infrastructural development projects under the Local Development Fund.

He said the government recently embarked on the construction of markets and bus depots aimed at enhancing revenue generation for councils, but said such financial resources should be managed prudently.

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“You might have heard that some council officials have been arrested and even suspended for mismanagement of resources. The government will continue to ensure that every tambala earned from these facilities is put to intended use,” Nankhumwa said.

He added that police and the Anti-Corruption Bureau have been asked to institute probes in councils where plunder of resources is rife.

Nkhata Bay District Council Chairperson, Hency Chigowo, said councils have a responsibility to take good care of financial resources.

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“We know we have a responsibility to take care of these facilities as our revenue base expands.

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