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Mangochi councilors shoot down council budget

The district is a hub of commerce The district is a hub of commerce
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Ward Councilors in Mangochi have shot down the district council's 2015/2016 budget projected at over MK1.3 billion, arguing the package was not development oriented.

The councilors observed that the amount was not enough to cater for all the services the council is expected to render to its residents.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) after a district council meeting on April 7, Chairperson of the Mangochi District Council Yusuf Kusweje said councilors had rejected the budget because it was not enough, noting that most resources were being channeled towards other Recurrent Transactions.

In a separate interview, Principal Administrative Officer for the Council Bissaih Mtayamanja disclosed the council would be happy if development funds were decentralized.

Mangochi is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi. The district covers an area of 6,273 km² and has a population of 610,239.

Mangochi contains thirteen National Assembly constituencies. Since the 2009 general election these constituencies have been represented by politicians from a mix of political parties.

While a beautiful area, the Mangochi area has been decimated by Africa's nemesis - AIDS. Couple that with poverty, climate change and a severe lack of infrastructure and the scenario is desperate, this according to Wikipedia.com

The district is a hub of commerce. It is a transit point, with roads leading to all areas of Malawi and Mozambique to the east.

Mangochi is well known with its lake that generates income in the tourism industry.

Most of the indigenous people of Mangochi are the Yao people, and there are a few from other tribes. Lingamasa is known with its fresh rice that is sold in most parts of the country.

Mangochi was developed as an agricultural center and has marine-engineering shops. Cash crops grown in the area include tobacco, cotton, and groundnuts.

Rice and maize are intensively grown along the lakeshore, and commercial fishing is also important.

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