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Balaka market vendors asked to pay market fees

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Balaka, January 13, 2017: District commissioner (DC) for Balaka, Rodrick Mateauma has called upon vendors at Ulongwe market to fulfill their obligation of paying market fees for the council to carry out some development projects within their area.

He made the call during the commencement of series of meetings in the district by Local Government Accountability Performance Project (LGAP) which aim to seek views from vendors on how best the council can develop the district for the next five years.

Mateauma said vendors plying their trade within the councils’ jurisdiction have an obligation to market fees to enable the council raise revenue for implementation its developmental plans.

“Vendors in the past used to pay market fees on their volition in major markets such as Ulongwe and Phalula. But now the enthusiasm has gone down making the council to just have pipe dream development dreams that fail to materialize at the end of the day,’ the DC observed.

Mteauma recalled that, “Last year we planned to pay school fees for needy students, but the plan slipped away from our hands because we did not collect more revenue as planned.”

One of the vendors, Samuel Mustafa accused the council of financial mismanagement.

“We do pay the market fees as required by the Local Government Act. But the council is giving the communities poor service,” he lamented.

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