Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has disclosed that it needs about K1.5 billion to settle debts and improve service delivery.
In recent years, sheriffs have ended up impounding its vehicles, including the city’s only skip carrier, due to money the council owes companies and individuals.
The council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gomezgani Nyasulu and Mayor for the city, Councillor Kondwani Brian Nyasulu said the debts were accumulated because the council could not generate enough revenue.
The two pleaded for a bailout when Deputy Minister of Local Government, Halima Daudi, paid the council a visit Friday.
The council representatives said they have set financial management systems, which include automating revenue collection, to seal loopholes that breed corruption.
“We are trying to make sure that we manage well our finances because we know by doing so we will have resources and provide the most needed services.
“The debts are always there but the most important thing is how to manage them. We hope, if we can be assisted and with what we collect, we can settle everything and continue to manage our resources,” Nyasulu said.
In response, Daudi said her ministry will work with all councils so that they improve on resource mobilisation.
“It is a thing which needs collective efforts. We are ready to support councils by investing more in infrastructures. This can only be achieved if we work together with all stakeholders and development partners,” Daudi said.
Daudi also toured road construction works in the city, funded by Roads Fund Administration, before visiting vendors at Mathabwa (Zigwagwa) and Mzuzu Main Market where she advised some vendors to relocate into designated markets.