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LGAP empowers council on revenue collection

Written by  Martha Kwataine
Likhusa cutting a ribbon to mark the official opening of the market shed - Pic by Synd Kalimbuka Likhusa cutting a ribbon to mark the official opening of the market shed - Pic by Synd Kalimbuka

Zomba, August 3, 2019: Zomba District Council has hailed Local Government Accountability and Performance Project (LGAP) for supporting the council with different interventions to improve service delivery at local level.

Zomba District Council Chairperson Wilson Likhusa was speaking Friday during the handover ceremony of a market shed to Zomba District Council at Govala Market in the district.

“The market will help to boost businesses activities for communities and the newly constructed market shed will also increase revenue generation for the provision of social services,” Likhusa said.

Likhusa, therefore, urged all the vendors and the communities around the market to take good care of the facility considering that it was constructed for their own benefit.

LGAP Technical Director Phaniso Kalua said they constructed the market shed to improve the council’s performance.

“Our interest is to ensure that service delivery at council level is properly delivered through collection of market fees,” Kalua said.

Kalua said LGAP established that collection of market fees at council level was not effective due to lack of capacity to improve some areas.

“The market shed project worth K17 million was funded by USAID and UKAID and it is expected to accommodate 40 small-scale vendors who previously were plying their trade in the open space due to lack of a permanent shelter,” he said.

Govala Market Committee Chairperson Elson Dumba said the committee was excited with the market shed.

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