Rumphi District Council explores on broadening revenue base

Rumphi District Council has engaged stakeholders in exploring interventions that can lead to the expansion of the council’s revenue base to reduce its dependence on the central government and enhance service delivery.

Speaking Thursday during a district executive committee for Rumphi, Director of Planning and Development for the council, Frank Mkandawire said it has been a challenge to raise funds for sustainable operations of the council.

“We are implementing reforms and one of the areas is to enhance financial sustainability so that we can reduce our dependence on the central government. One of the interventions is to broaden our revenue base. Currently, there is potential to collect up to K100 million from fish marketing.

We are looking at the value-adding chain process to fish for the fisher to gain good markets thereby contributing a reasonable amount of revenue to the council," said Mkandawire.

Stakeholders also suggested boosting revenue collection by upgrading Rumphi Stadium to a level that can accommodate other sporting disciplines such as volleyball, and netball besides football to maximize revenue realization from the facility.

According to Mkandawire, the council will utilize Refresh Project which is being implemented by Find Your Feet which focuses on restoring the fisheries ecosystem to make fish related businesses viable profitable

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Find Your Feet, Enock Matsimbe said the district’s revenue enhancement plan taking on board the fisheries sector will ensure that fisheries resources are well-protected fishing ground along Lake Malawi.

According to a Budget Analysis Report which focused on health, education, and social protection produced by Youth and Society in 2021, over 93 percent of the resources for Rumphi District council are from the central government.