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Malawian municipality gears up for development

As part of MILE’s valued partnership with municipal officials from Malawi which stems back to February 2010, a three day Strategic Planning Workshop was held recently at the Nkhukuti Resort in Nkhata Bay.


Facilitated by MILE, the purpose of the workshop was to allow the newly elected political leadership of Mzuzu City Council the opportunity to provide direction to their strategic planning process, to review the progress made since the last strategic planning workshop in September 2011, to identify the strategic challenges and underlying causes of these challenges that face the City Council, to devise an action plan (with monitoring mechanisms) that addresses the challenges and to identify key areas of collaboration between Mzuzu City Council,  eThekwini Municipality and UCLG.
 
The delegation who participated in the workshop included, the Mayor of Mzuzu City Council Mr W.Mkandawire, MP Mzuzu City, Leonard Njikho together with their political leadership consisting of fourteen councillors, the CEO Mzuzu City Council, Mr Thomas Chirwa and his senior officials. Four senior managers from Mzuzu City Council were also part of the facilitation team.
 
The CEO of Blanytre City Council Mr Ted Nandolo, a Councillor from Blantyre and two senior officials also attended this workshop to be empowered and meet with the MILE team to engage on future initiatives. 
 
At the end of workshop all participants signed the  Nkhukuti 2014 Accord agreeing to work towards achieving the adopted vision for Mzuzu City Council- “By 2030 Mzuzu City Council will be a vibrant city for all to live, work, play and invest” as detailed in the ten point strategic action plan.  They also adopted a mission statement for Mzuzu City Council – “To facilitate the provision of quality socio-economic and infrastructure services through the participatory mobilisation of resources in order for all citizens to enjoy an improved quality of life.”
 
All participants were inspired by the story of how the eThekwini municipality transformed in 2001 by using an outcome based methodology approach.  They were also inspired by the enthusiasm and high energy levels of the MILE facilitators.
 
The Mayor of Mzuzu City Council Mr Mkandawire said, “This workshop has helped councillors and officials to move in the same direction”. 

Councillor Chume said, “You are God sent to us, you have shown us what can be done if we work together as a team, you have inspired and empowered us.”

Journalists from the mainstream newspapers and TV station in Malawi were present on the last day to interview some of the participants.  The draft vision and mission statement together with the ten point strategic action plan and accord was made available to them.



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