By Draxon Maloya:
Motorists and road users in Mzuzu City have all the reasons to smile following the commencement of installation and maintenance works on the street lights which have been non-functional for more than three years now.
The development also comes following a devotion of financial resources collected to provide in street light provision emanating from public sector reforms which did not spare town and city assemblies in the country.
Commenting on the issue, Mzuzu City Councils Public Relations Officer, Macdonald Gondwe conceded that full operation of the streetlights has been a challenge hence for the past years the council could only power a selected few streets.
“We have reformed our operations and we thought this area needed special attention as it is one of the essential services we need to provide to the people,” Gondwe said.
Gondwe further said the Council has embarked on the Lighting Up Mzuzu City exercise to among others renovate the materials that provide streetlight as well as maintenance of the traffic control lights.
However, Council’s Spokesperson could not be clearer on the source of financial resources funding the maintenance works apart from only disclosing that the Councillors and the Secretariat directors have jointly embarked on a campaign collecting market fees before extending to a door to door campaign in locations aimed at checking if clients are paying rates.
A couple of weeks ago, Vice President, Saulos Chilima expressed satisfaction with progress being made by some parastatals on reforms they have been undertaking in the first quarter of the year.
His Press Secretary, Pilirani Phiri was on record telling the media that the Veep had engaged 35 parastatals on the review of progress they are making on implementation of various reforms.
Chilima who is serving his second term as Vice President having been in the same position under the Democratic Progressive Party’s Peter Mutharika before the two fell out on each other and later all the reforms were handled by the office of the President and Cabinet.