Mzuzu City is a corporate body established under the Local Government Act of 1998 and amended in 2010. The Chief Executive is supported by eight technical departments and heads the administrative part of the Council. The political structure of the Council according to the law is headed by the Mayor and consists of 15 elected members for each of the City?s 15 wards plus the Member of Parliament for Mzuzu City. The political structure is currently dissolved due to absence of elected councilors.
Malawi is divided into three administrative regions, namely Central, Northern and Southern, which are governed by regional administrators and district commissioners. The regions are further subdivided into 28 district assemblies, three city assemblies, eight town assemblies and one municipal assembly. Assemblies are made up of a political arm, which comprises community representatives that are democratically elected and called Councillors, and a technical arm, made up of the employees that carry out the day-to-day work of the assemblies.Mzuzu City Council (MCC) representatives participated in the national consultation process, a partnership platform co-developed with Malawi's Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD); the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD); parastatals; and national and international NGOs2. The aim was to develop options for formal inter-agency collaboration in order to create a coordination body integrating a wide range of urban stakeholders in a single response mechanism.
The Local Government Act no. 42 of 1998, amended in 2010, describes the main functions and services of the Council as followed;
Mzuzu City Council?s Vision is the following: To make Mzuzu a better place to live in.
The Mission statement is the following: To provide social capital for the people of Mzuzu by promoting human development in all spheres of life.
The strategy is described as followed:
The Council forms the core of Mzuzu City?s local government. It is according to law composed of councilors elected from each of Mzuzu?s Wards.
The number of Wards was reduced from 17 to 15 in 2010 due to changes in the Electoral and the Local Government Act. Two citizen consultative forums on June 5th, 2010, and 17th July, 2010, resolved proposals for the re-demarcation and the naming of Wards. Criteria from Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to ensure equal representation included population figures as the principle criterion, ease of communication, geographical features and existing administrative boundaries. After consultation with relevant authorities the proposed new Wards were approved by MEC as follows: