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Zomba residents appreciate formation of by-laws

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka
Zomba Residents want equal access to plot allocation - Pic by Synd Kalimbuka. Zomba Residents want equal access to plot allocation - Pic by Synd Kalimbuka.

Zomba, November 4, 2017: Zomba City residents have hailed the council for coming up with new by-laws as one way of foster development in the City.

The residents made the remarks on Thursday during a consultative meeting the council held in order to have people’s inputs on the newly formed by-laws that the council is planning to implement.

Speaking after the meeting on behalf of Zomba City Residents,Chairperson for Chambo Ward Development Committee, Maxwell Tasosa, commended the council for coming up with the by-laws which he said will bring sanity in the city.

He said residents in the city have been doing things any how because there were no by-laws which everyone would follow when conducting day to day activities.

“For example, some businesses are currently being conducted in areas with very poor hygiene, a situation which can lead to cholera outbreak during this rainy season,” he added.

The Chairperson urged the council to civic educate residents before implementing the newly formed by- laws so that everyone should be aware of what is happening in the city.

He advised the council to critically look into other outstanding issues such as plot allocation to ensure that there is equal access among the residents.

Councilor James Mulekele who represented the City Mayor said the by-laws would assist in generating income for the council through city rate fees.

He said it was difficult to collect city rates before because there were no bylaws guiding them.
Mulekele added the development will help the council to implement different projects which will in turn change the shape of the old capital.

The newly formulated by-laws tackle issues of environmental management, health, education, business and development.

Ward Development committee members, council officials, councilors, business representatives, special interest group representatives and Civil Society Organizations representatives attended the meeting.

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