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The Lilongwe City Council was established under the Local Government Act No. 42 of 1998 as a body corporate. The Council comprises the Political and Administrative arms which both derive their authority from the Local Government Act of 1998. The Political  arm is led by the Mayor who is an elected councillor. The mayor is in charge of 27 Wards each overseen by an elected Councillor.  In addition, there are four (4) elected Members of Parliament who represent the Lilongwe urban sector. There are also five (5)  ex-official members representing interest groups. The Administrative arm of Lilongwe City Council is led by the Chief Executive Officer who oversees nine (9) technical departments and devolved sectors, including Commerce & Trade, Engineering, Education, Youth & Sports Sector, Parks & Recreation, Health and Social Welfare Services, Planning & Development and Finance.

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Lilongwe City Council

Lilongwe, which derives its name from the river that dissects the city from west to east, is the capital city of Malawi and has been the seat of government since 1975 following the move of the Capital from Zomba. Lilongwe has developed from a small settlement on the banks of the Lilongwe River to become Malawi’s largest city with over 1 million residents. It is a cosmopolitan city with inhabitants from all over Malawi, Africa and the rest of the world who have made Lilongwe their home. In addition to being the centre of Government administration, Lilongwe is important for industry, distribution, services and trade. It is also the gateway to Malawi at the intersection of road, rail and air connections to the region.

Institutional Mandates

To make policy and decisions on local governance and development for the city.

To mobilise resources within and outside the city for the governance and development purposes

To consolidate and promote local democratic participation.

To maintain peace and security in the city in conjunction with the National Police Service.

To promote Infrastructural and economic development through formulation, approval and execution of Lilongwe City Development plan/CDS.

To make By-Laws that facilitates its functions


Urban governance and development fall under the Lilongwe City Council which was created by law under the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi. The Mayor is the political head of the Council while the Chief Executive Officer heads the administrative arm of the Council. Lilongwe City has 27 wards and 4 parliamentary constituencies and each is represented by a councillor and member of parliament respectively. The City Council has 5 ex-official non voting members representing interest groups across the City. The Council also has a chaplain. The Council is mandated to provide a wide range of municipal services to its residents and to mobilise resources for services delivery and to make bylaws.

Esther Sagawa

The Mayor Lilongwe City council

Dr. Macloud D.A. Kadam'manja

Chief Executive Officer

Directorates Mandates

The main function of the Directorate is to provide administrative support services to the Council and the secretariat and includes procurement, ICT and public relations..

The Directorate is mandated to create a conducive environment for the  development and growth of trade and industry in the City of Lilongwe as well as business licensing.

The Directorate is responsible for providing a wide range of  engineering services including buildings, roads, street lighting, mechanical and sewerage services.

The Directorate of Planning and Development coordinates town planning and urban development. The main purpose of the directorate is to facilitate orderly and sustainable physical urban development.

The Directorate is responsible for management of the Council’s 55 public primary schools guided by the three pillars of of  Improving Quality & Relevance of Education, Promoting Access & Equity of Education and ensuring that there is  prudent use of resources by enhancing Management & Governance.

The Directorate is responsible for  achieving the objectives of city beautification through landscaping, parks development and management, nursery production as well as environmental protection and enhancement.

The Directorate is mandated to deliver health services with a focus on preventive health. Its key functions include waste management and public health promotion.

The Directorate is responsible for the management of Council finances.

Lilongwe City Council

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