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Ministry officials descend on Karonga District Council

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THE MINISTRY of Local Government and Rural Development is today expected to descend on Karonga District Council following conflicts between the District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo and councillors over various issues one of them land distribution.

Spokesperson for the ministry Muhlabase Mughogho said in an email on Tuesday that the ministry was not happy with the conflicts, hence the move to go to the council to restore sanity and discipline.  “We have reports of misunderstandings between the office of the DC and other stakeholders over issues of land distribution among others.

As such our Principal Secretary in the ministry and Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Lands will jointly hold a meeting with Karonga District Council this coming Friday [today] to resolve land matters as well as other tensions at the council,” said Mughogho.

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She further said the ministry will fight hard to ensure that conflicts in councils are resolved so that decentralisation benefits Malawians fully, especially those in rural areas.

For the past few weeks, the DC and local councillors have been fighting over land distribution to vendors outside the main bus depot where shops have since been constructed.

While the council chairperson Patrick Kishombe claimed that it is within the councillors’ legal mandate through the market committee to allocate plots to business people within the market area, Moyo accused Kishombe and his team of bringing confusion to the council and flouting procedures.

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Chairperson of the Health Committee, Harry Mwanyembe, also accused Moyo of overstretching the matter to hide dirt under her administration.

“We are surprised with the manner in which the DC is handling this matter, and we strongly believe that she intends to divert people’s attention from various problems rocking the council under her watch. For instance, there is a lot of fraud going on, money goes missing without explanation but she chooses to keep quiet and make noise on trivia,” said Mwanyembe.

In recent interviews, Moyo accused the media of conspiring with councillors to tarnish her image.

“Why is it that all of you are interested in reporting negative things about Karonga and the DC? I am not amused and even those councillors feeding you with information are confusionists and whatever they are doing in allocating plots to vendors is illegal and not accepted by the council,” charged Moyo.

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