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Blantyre City Council (BCC) has been urged to be accountable and transparent when dealing with financial matters.

BCC Finance Committee Chairperson, George Chipwete made the remarks amid reports that the council has received K14 million from the central government without informing the finance committee.

“We are concerned that we were not not briefed when the council received K14 million of the annual K56 million budget for Constituency Development.

“We must operate in transparent and accountable manner. The Council has received K14 million from Central Government but they are keeping it a secret,” disclosed Chipwete, adding: “ Me as the Chairman of Finance Committee of the Council and my members were not briefed about the money.”

Further to that Chipwete said the councilors’ have not been told the procedures ought to be followed when they want to get funds from the council.

“This has also raised eyebrows on the council’s financial accountability and transparency.

“It’s like things are operating in a hide and seek fashion. So from now what we want is transparency from our secretariate,” he said.

Chipwete said the Central Government is supposed to meet 40 percent of the total budget with the Council squaring the 60 percent.

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