Lilongwe City Council Mayor Councilor Richard Banda on Thursday hit at his own members of staff for indulging themselves in corruption.
Speaking on Thursday during a handover of bus depots to councils across the country, Banda said already the council has realised K2.5 million from the Lilongwe main bus terminal just two weeks after taking over management from Mulli Brothers.
“We will not allow anyone to dip fingers into this money for his corrupt motive. Once you are caught, consider yourself out of the systems of Lilongwe City Council because even the Malawi Leader President Dr Lazarus Chakwera doesn’t condone the corruption,” he said.
Banda said the council will not only fire but will also arrest those found in corrupt act abusing money realised from the depots.
“This money is for Malawians and the money will be used to develop this depot,” he said.
Banda said that corruption is evil and any abuse of Council funds will be not be allowed.
In an interview, Minister of Local Government Dr Blessings Chinsinga started by commending Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud for the tireless effort made to take the depots back to ordinary Malawians.
Chinsinga also commended Malawi’s Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda for his great prowess in courts to have the depots back.
“On behalf of the Malawi Government, with my Deputy, we have symbolically handed over the Lilongwe Bus Depot, to the Lilongwe City Council, as the rightful managers of the facility.
“We also undertook a clean up exercise, along the bus depot area. This handing over of the depot, follows the recent ruling by the High Court of Malawi Lilongwe Registry, that Councils of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Kasungu and Mzimba, should take charge in managing the affairs of their bus terminals, away from being managed by one private firm,” he said.
Chinsinga said the ceremony, therefore, represents the handing over of all the mentioned Bus Depots, to respective Councils.
He said this is a victory for Malawians, knowing that the revenue from the facilities will benefit them, development wise.
Chinsinga has since ordered Lilongwe City Council to come up with tangible plans within six.
He said: “I have therefore, given the Lilongwe City Council, six months, to come up with modern bus terminal plans and willing investment partners, for the commencement of the construction, of an international standard infrastructure.