His Worship the Mayor Councillor Richard Banda launched the Greening Lilongwe Campaign on 19th January, 2022 at Kaliyeka Primary School. Greening Lilongwe Campaign is an initiative of the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) in collaboration with the Lilongwe Chapter of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLFx Lilongwe) and the Open Spaces Inc to restore degraded open spaces and riverine buffer zones, establish green schools, offices and homesteads, and plant avenue trees along the major roadsides in the City. The initiative will also include restoration of the city’s Area 18 Cemetery and also will make Lilongwe City greener, healthier and resilient to extreme climate change events and other shocks. The Mayor also distributed tree seedlings to some households in the city as a way of encouraging the residents to plant a tree each at household level. All city residents, including the public and private sector, religious groups , government departments and parastatals, banks and all well wishing citizens are encouraged to unite and participate in this noble initiative for our city, for our health and well-being, for our climate, for our nature, and for generations to come.+11
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.