The Blantyre City Council (BCC) has categorically removed a campaign banner belonging to opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) that called upon the electorate to vote UDF Presidential candidate, Atupele Muluzi.
An eye witness disclosed that Friday evening he saw a group of men, who said were working under instructions from the management of the council all in plain clothes but traveling in a Blantyre City Council pick up removing the placard.
“The people were over ten and were so tactic that they did the job in few minutes time otherwise people could have attacked them as some passengers in minibuses started rushing to the scene but the men, all hefty, had already done the work and they drove off in time,” the source said.
He identified the white one tonne by registration number which quoted as BQ 8586 and was being driven by a middle aged lady. The vehicle had a clear address of Blantyre City in black paint and that after they had removed the material the vehicle drove towards Keza Building and turned into the Kasungu Crescent where BCC headquarters, otherwise known as Civic Centre is.
The banner was strategically placed near the Stadium Round About close to a Mozambique club facing the highway as one is coming from Blantyre side but those from Ndirande driving in Makata road could as well come face to face with it. It is not known whether the city fathers will return to the owners when the official campaign period rolls off next week.
Ironically, the Blantyre City Council sends its workers to place flags and campaign materials for the Peoples Party all over the city. And this is not the first controversy as last year the council forced an advertiser to remove a slot of Malawi Congress Party that was urging people to vote for Dr. Lazarus Chakwera during the forthcoming polls.
The material which was removed mid night after officers from the city council were on the neck of Royal Palm management over the slot running on an electronic billboard near Clock Tower Round About.