Every year, each member of the August House is allocated MK 18 million under the constituency development fund (CDF).
The money is meant for initiating development at local level.
These are such as construction of bridges and classroom blocks and drilling of bore holes.
Speaking to Capital FM, Ntcheu Central Constituency legislator is of the view that despite local communities being empowered to take hold of the CDF, parliamentarians have the duty to monitor how the funds are being used.
Malison Ndau stated that monitoring of such activities plays a pivotal role in enhancing development in respective areas hence regular monitoring.
Ndau stressed that regular supervision also brings sanity to undertaken development since contractors carry out works with good faith without involving fraud and corruption.
“The idea is to make sure that the resources are being put in good use and that our communities are benefiting from the development we bring forth to them,” Ndau explained.
However, the legislator revealed that some of the initiated projects in his areas are being carried out using his personal funding.
He disclosed that a CDF allocation is not enough to carry out all development initiatives needed by communities.
The law marker therefore urged fellow parliamentarians not to rely much on CDF allocations to undertake development hence finding other modalities that will help to accelerate development in their constituencies.
Constituency Development Funds are funding arrangements that channel money from central government to electoral constituencies for local infrastructure projects.
Since 2006, government has been allocating all elected lawmakers in the national assembly.