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Ntcheu South Constituency Legislator, Damison Chimalira Ntcheu South Constituency Legislator, Damison Chimalira Image taken by Blessings KANG'OMBE

Ntcheu Legislator Accused Of Mismanaging Funds

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE Mar 14, 2017

Communities of Ntcheu South Constituency are accusing their Member of Parliament of gross mismanagement of funds.

The allegation was made during an interface meeting, communities in the area of Traditional Authority(TA) Phambala under the Local Advocacy Network (LAN) held with the legislator and ward councilor for Ntonda ward.

In question are funds from the District Development Fund (DDF), Local Development Fund (LDF) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

The Legislator is being accused of lacking transparency and accountability when implementing developmental projects.

Chairperson for TA Phambala disclosed revealed that the parliamentarian is always secretive; adding he needs to be open when implementing projects and how he uses development funds.

Zomba Banda sited an example of the 2015-16 CDF report which he claimed had anomalies.

Among them; construction of classroom blocks at Kamzinda Junior Primary School but pupils are currently using makeshift classrooms.

He added, the report indicates money in excess of over MK 160, 000 has been used so far on the said work under CDF.

Likewise, money amounting to over MK 1 million is also believed to have been used in constructing a school block at Chimvuwu Primary School in which communities are describing it as sub standard considering the  huge sums of money used on the block.

The Parliamentary denied ever mismanaging the funds.

Damison Chimalira then conceded the anomalies, stating that he will work things out to clear the mess that surrounds development funds in his constituency.

He however hailed communities for providing checks and balances, stating it enhances development.

Meanwhile, representatives of Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) in the district have described communities’ vigilance in holding duty bearers accountable as sign of maturing democracy.

EAM district coordinator Witson Mwale stressed that the project is meeting its desired purposes since communities as well as duty bearers are able to meet and discuss development issues together.

The association is implementing a governance project, where it is empowering local communities to monitor and track implementation of developmental projects hence holding duty bearers accountable.

Apart from Ntcheu, EAM is also implementing the governance project in Nkhotakota, Lilongwe and Mchinji district respectively.

 

The project is being funded with financial assistance from a Germany Protestant Development Service known as Bread for the World.

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