Sunday, 30 April 2017

Poor Coordination Crippling Development in Malawi

Written by  Written By Norbert MZEMBE Jan 30, 2017

Residents in the northern region of Chitipa have attributed the unfulfilled developmental projects to poor coordination among duty bearers.

Apart from that they are also blaming themselves in some areas of the district resulting to mismanagement of Local Development Funds (LDF) and other revenues.

In a visit to Zambwe Area Development Committee (ADC) in the district, Capital FM learnt that several development projects are in limbo.

These include the construction of Miyombo, Ming’ombo and Zambwe primary schools which were given 20 bags of cement each which were mot sufficient for the construction projects.

In addition to that, it has been disclosed that at Ibanda 1 and Lufita 1 ADCs the construction of Witinda and Malawi Bridges has been put on hold.

It is alleged that the 60 bags of cement which were procured were used up, but the bridges in question still have logs for pedestrians to use when crossing.

According to the communities, it is the contractors that put the logs there.

The chairperson of Ulambya-Kaseye Area Development Committee in the area of Senior Group Village Headman Mwenelufita, could neither accept nor refute the allegations that the projects implementations are dissatisfactory.

Cryston Mark Kawaghe swiftly said the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) under Karonga diocese is working towards helping them improve the scenario in the area.

He, however blatantly stated that he is tired of people’s tendency of absconding from partaking in development projects including members of parliament (MPs).

Confirming the existence of the challenges, Chitipa district council chairperson, Isaac Mwepa said most members of parliament in the district consider LDF as their own pocket money thereby retarding development projects.

“As per the demands of the ADC and council chairpersons, I can assure them that CCJP will find ways of drawing MPs closer to their people”.


Unlike in Chitipa district, in Karonga especially in the area of traditional authority Mwirang’ombe communities say they are impressed with the use of CDF.

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