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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 April–September 2023 Financial Performance

Lilongwe City Council April–September 2023 Financial Performance

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) is implementing a 2023-24 budget which amounts to MWK16.7 billion. The budget is made up of Locally Generated Revenues (LGR) and Central Government Transfers (CGT). LGR account for 56% of the budget while CGT are at 44%. Performance for six (6) months period to September 2023 is at 39% on revenue collection both under LGR and CGT.

Property rates is the main source of revenue for LCC contributing 57% of LGR and 32% of the total budget. Cash collection performance under property rates for the period has been low at 30% instead of the targeted 50%. Only 8,608 ratepayers accounts have been paid out of the total 48,434 ratepayers accounts. This has greatly affected implementation of the planned programs and activities. It is expected that there will be improvement in the remaining half of the year if the budget is to be fully implemented.

LCC has planned to offer an incentive to ratepayers who have accumulated arrears by writing off the surcharges. This will be done in the months of November 2023.

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