Lilongwe City Council Mayor Councillor Richard Banda on Thursday warned council officials against induging themselves in corruption.
Speaking on Thursday during a handover of bus depots, 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.
Banda said the council will fire anyone found abusing the 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 abuse of Council funds will be not be allowed.
Minister of Local Government Dr Blessings Chinsinga on officially handed over the operations of the country’s bus depots to local councils at a colourful ceremony which took place at the Lilongwe old town main bus depot.
Chinsinga commended Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud for the tireless effort made to take the depots back to ordinary Malawians.
Chinsinga alsoncommended 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, Honourable Halima Daud, 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.”