12 October 2016 Last updated at: 9:27 AM
Mzuzu MPs asked to set minimun qualifications for councillors
Mzuzu councillors have asked lawmakers to set minimum qualification for one to contest as a ward councillor in the city. This was discussed during the Mzuzu council’s last meeting which was conducted on Sunday, .
According to one of the councillors in the city, Yolam Mkandawire who is a ward councillor for Masasa ward, this is so considering the challenges they face due to insufficient knowledge of the position on the part of some councillors.
Mkandawire said it is very worrisome that most of the councillors fail to understand the technical language used by workers at the city assembly.
He added that councillors are also required to have knowledge on how they can report issues which affect people in the society. “We have not yet concluded the matter and it was being discussed at committee level. We want to bring to the assembly standard contributions by all the councillors.
“Many of the documents that we receive at the assembly are in English and in technical words. We need people who can articulate issues and have higher understanding and that is the reason why we are asking for the raise,” said Mkandawire.
He added that if the minimum qualification is set, it can help to have good leaders who can professionally work for their people. Currently in Malawi, there is no set qualification for one to contest as a councillor.