Bwalya warns Mazabuka Municipal Council
Mazabuka, Feb 4th , 2014, ZANIS — Acting Mazabuka Town Clerk Wisdom Bwalya has sounded a warning to management and staff at the Municipal Council that he will religiously and aggressively deal with anyone that is found involving in corrupt practices during the dispensation of duty.
Mr. Bwalya who takes over from David Kabanda who morally resigned last year warned that he will not take kindly employees that indulge themselves in any form of corrupt practices saying the vice is detrimental to development.
ZANIS reports that the Acting Town clerk said this in an interview in Mazabuka District, today.
He said that he would rather be unpopular among council employees including management staff than embrace corrupt friends that abuse and misappropriate public funds at will.
The Acting Town Clerk said in an interview that his goal is to change the perception that the public has had about Mazabuka Municipal Council especially when it comes to issues to do with the sale of land an area he said needs a lot of cleansing.
“I want to send a timely message to my colleagues within the local authority that I will not compromise when it comes to issues of transparency and accountability. Let me warn from the onset that those that will be found wanting will regardless of their position be allowed to go through the due process of the law ,” charged Mr. Bwalya.
He said he will not allow a few selfish individuals to tarnish dent the entire image of the local authority saying it is better to have such individuals flashed out adding that the records currently existing at the council with regards to the alienation of land in the district is not pleasing.
“ Am aware of some people that are still serving suspensions from this council because of involving themselves in the illegal allocation of land and my advice to colleagues is that as a team let us ensure that we deal with issues of land in a transparent manner so that people who are not interviewed are not given the land.
“ We should always ensure that the land alienation process is always adhered to because it is not an option but a must and as such it should be followed,” he emphasized.
Mr. Bwalya further said that his approach towards bringing development to Mazabuka lies in the cooperation and support that stakeholders will give to the local authority saying without their support no measure of development will be recorded.
“My being given this opportunity to steer Mazabuka Municipal Council has a lot of potential, my focus will be centered on involving various stakeholders in the provision of service delivery with the realization that the council cannot operate in isolation.
“ This town (Mazabuka) is a very fast growing District and harbors the biggest industry of sugar plantation,” He charged.
Mr. Bwalya said his main agenda is to rejuvenate and bring back Mazabuka to its former status of being the best Municipality countrywide saying this will only be possible once stakeholders, technocrats and the community members put their efforts together and support and put their energies together in supporting the council’s development agenda.
He however observed that there is however need for stakeholders to support the council with resources by way of consistently paying for the services that they receive saying no meaningful development can be recorded without the availability of resources.
“ I want to implore our stakeholders to support the council e making sure that they pay on time for the services that the council is providing to them.
“ I was going through the audit documents and imagine our white commercial farmers from surrounding farms to a large extent owe the council more than One Million Kwacha. This sort of money once paid will be effectively used towards service provision” he charged.
Mr. Bwalya assured that modalities have since been put in place to ensure that no funds collected from the public are pilfered or misappropriated promising that he will pick up from where his friends left from and continue changing the face of Mazabuka.