By Doro amapita
Government through the ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has pledged to gazette the four districts in the country so that they are officially recognised. Minister of Local Government Honourable Lingson Berekanyama said this on Wednesday during a supervision mission with parliamentary Committee for Local Authorities on Likoma Island. Berekanyama said government is set to gazette the four districts by the end of October this year.
The minister highlighted that it was irregular to have districts that were acknowledged districts over decades ago but were not gazetted up to date. “It is irregular to have a district which has not been officially declared for such a long period of time. My office will make sure that all the four districts are recognised officially by the end of October this year,” he said.
The four districts to be gazetted are Phalombe which was named to be a district in 1996, Balaka which was named in 1998, Likoma which was named in 1999 and Neno which was named in 2003.
The Minister added that Likoma being a tourist district has more opportunities to develop and that Tonse Alliance government will focus on the construction of council offices, a jetty and District Commissioner’s house. The island will also have improved water and road networks so that the dream of having Likoma independent is materialised.
In his remarks, chairperson for Likoma District Council Councillor Ernest Gulu, said his council would like to have all the promised issues done in good time as the district has been abandoned by its own government for a long time.