President Mutharika on Tuesday morning granted an audience to leaders of the Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) at the Kamuzu Palace to map the way forward for the continued decentralization and democratization of the Malawi society.
Speaking in his statement, President Mutharika said local governments are increasingly becoming the pinnacle of development citing that in the current financial year, government allocated MK5 billion of the Development Budget to Local Authorities. He said this is enabling councils to make their own development decisions on the type and costs of the projects they wish for.
President Mutharika reiterated the DPP-led government’s drive towards full decentralization which would entail devolving the financial, human and physical resources to councils.
“Let me assure you that my government is doing everything possible to make our councils function to the desired levels. For example, we are reviewing the Local Government Act, and related Acts to be in line with
modern demands of democracy and local governance.”
“We will also re-demarcate wards after the coming population census. We have also made the Ministry of Local Government a priority agency in the Public Sector reforms, because we believe that if we get the local
authority efficient and effective, we complete the formula of our development,” said Mutharika.
The Malawi leader also asked the councilors to help Government in the drive for mindset change among Malawians stating that Malawi needs people who to believe in their abilities; who work hard; are trustworthy; and love their country. He called on Malawians to stop believing in handouts, but the fruits of their hard work.
MALGA is the umbrella body which brings together all local government authorities in Malawi.