That Mzuzu City Council (MCC) is struggling to get it right on issues on sanitation is well documented.
Residents within the city have been complaining that garbage has piled up right in the Central Business District for some time and yet the city has failed to collect it for proper disposal.
There is also confusion between the MCC secretariat and its councilors on who is to blame for lack of hygiene in the city.
Recently, the residents were shocked to see a ward councilor collecting garbage only to dump it at the door-step of one of the directors’ offices.
Residents expect the councilors to provide policy direction to the secretariat in running the city.
It is also a known fact that MCC is almost bankrupt. Much as it is owed a lot of money by residents and other stakeholders, it also owes some service providers. MCC is also failing to pay its members of staff, forcing them to go for months without salaries.
It is not surprising that MCC is failing to pay the police in Mzuzu close to K6 million for their role in clearing the streets of illegal vendors.
Besides the millions that it pays the police, MCC is also expected to make available 80 litres of fuel per day to enable the law enforcers to carry out patrols.
During celebrations to mark Malawi’s 53rd Independence Anniversary, MCC Mayor went to Mzuzu Stadium, riding a Nissan March. What more evidence would one need that MCC is bloke if the city father cannot afford a decent ride?
It is, therefore, a welcome development to hear Moyale Barracks Commanding Officer, Colonel Saiford Mandiza Kalisha, pledging that the soldiers can join forces with the law enforcers to chase the stubborn vendors.
Of course, the soldiers will also need some logistical help but the results can be long-lasting.
What we applaud is the spirit to help while expecting little returns as shown by the Moyale Barracks officials.