By Moses Masiye


Longstanding misunderstanding on who should manage rates and markets revenue around Liwonde roadblock and Mangochi turnoff, remain unresolved.

But newly elected Balaka district council chairperson has challenged to reclaim markets and places that Machinga district council collects revenue instead of Balaka, come 90 days.

In his acceptance speech on Tuesday, Balaka council chairperson, councillor Thomson Bwanali said markets at Mangochi turn off and Liwonde roadblock are the starting points.

“We will claim back this our revenue base as long as am the chair, and I urge this honourable chamber to join me in achieving this noble cause within first 90 days of my leadership,” said Bwanali.

The ministry of local government is yet to resolve the long outstanding issue, as it promised recently to hold meetings with the two concerned districts.

Ministry of local government spokesperson Mushlabase Mughogho Wednesday morning asked for more time when drawn for a comment on the progress of the proposed mediation.

The two markets that are the center of attraction are in Balaka central east constituency.

Balaka central east parliamentarian Yaumi Mpaweni said will support the initiative.

“We can amicably resolve this using contact and dialogue by engaging all concerned parties,” said Mpaweni