Minister Chinsinga advises new mayors and vice mayors to aim for a good legacy in their service

Local Government Minister Prof. Blessings Chinsinga on Thursday inducted newly elected mayors and deputy mayors advising inductees to aim for a good legacy, stressing that this is fundamental in advancing their political careers.

Chinsinga, a former university professor and renowned political analyst, also pleaded with mayors and vice-mayors to exercise competent leadership emanating from the “seven qualities of a successful mayor” which, among others, include ; relationship building and teamwork, critical thinking and maturity.

Minister Blessings Chinsinga and other dignitaries

At the same event, the Minister for Local Government also inducted the Chairmen of the Financial Services Committees of the Urban Local Councils.

The induction follows recent municipal elections in six of the seven urban local authorities, which ushered in new leadership in those local authorities.

The initiation workshop in Mangochi was organized by the Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA), an umbrella body for all local authorities in Malawi.

Funded by the International Growth Center (IGC) and Unicaf University, the workshop aimed to orient new board members to their statutory roles and responsibilities and to enlighten them on the policy and guidelines for conducting business local authorities in Malawi.

Professor Chinsinga said governing cities – which are centers of economic activity and growth in a country – is not easy, stressing that it takes prepared, capable and visionary leaders.

“Your work has been cut for you over the next two and a half years. I am sure that you now have an idea of ​​the magnitude of the task ahead of you. So let me invite you, the political and technical leaders urban local authorities, to focus on the things that matter to deliver effective service development results to the people you serve.

Let me also implore you to use your respective development plans, the urban development plans, when identifying and approving development projects. Cities have enormous economic potential, so you mayors need to think outside the box to achieve your goals,” Chinsinga said.

MALGA President, Councilor Wild Ndipo commended the IGC and Unicaf University for funding the workshop, saying it will help new mayors and their vices to competently manage operations and issues in the advice.

“We hope that the induction workshop will help new leaders set the tone for ethical and corporate governance and effectively preside over the socio-economic development of their respective cities and municipalities,” Ndipo said.

Among other important things, the participants were oriented on four main topics namely; Local authority corporate governance, local public finance management, local revenue generation, change management and local economic development.

Presidents and CEOs of local urban authorities were also present.

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