Jun 29, 2017 Last Updated 7:53 AM, Jun 29, 2017

Impeachment of Mayor nonstarter - Lilongwe city authorities

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Calls by some Ward Councilors to impeach the Lilongwe City Mayor have been described as baseless by city authorities.

The Councilors are planning to remove the mayor, Willie Chapondera, describing him as lacking vision and incompetent.

They blame him for not being in the forefront in bringing various developmental initiatives in the city eight months after being elected into office.

However, speaking to Capital FM, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lilongwe City Council, Richard Hara, believes many people still do not understand the role of the Mayor arguing that he does not work on his own vision but that of the council.

In many countries, a mayor is the highest-ranking officer in a municipal government, such as that of a city or town.

Worldwide, there is a wide variance in local laws and customs regarding the powers and responsibilities of a mayor, as well as the means by which a mayor is elected or otherwise mandated.

Depending on the system chosen, a mayor may be the chief executive officer of the municipal government, may simply chair a multi-member governing body with little or no independent power, or may play a solely ceremonial role.

An option for selection of a mayor in Malawi is by selection by an elected council of councilors and members of parliament of the concerned area.

Traditionally, mayors oversee a city's main departments, including the police, fire, education, housing and transportation departments. 

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