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Deodatus Muriya Deodatus Muriya Image taken by Nobert MZEMBE

Lack Of Citizen Participation Curtailing Developmental Projects

Written by  Written By Norbert MZEMBE Mar 27, 2017

It has now become a common outcry by the district councils in the northern border districts of Karonga and Chitipa where poor developmental projects have become the order of the day.

A scenario that is raising eyebrows of the civil society organisations (CSO’s) who have been prompted to intervene.

The CSO’s in Karonga district have noted with great concern on the conditions of the projects in the district particularly those that are being constructed under the Local Development Fund (LDF), Constituency Development Funds (CDF) and District Development Funds (DDF).

And also others from locally generated income set aside for the 2015/16 financial year which they have described as not admirable to beneficiaries.

The revelation has come barely two weeks after the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Karonga diocese of the Roman Catholic Church had disclosed a mess in projects in the mountainous district of Chitipa.

The acting development desk officer for CCJP, Deodatus Muriya who doubles as an Acting Project Officer said in their budget tracking and project monitoring in four sites across the district, they have learnt that Songwe market shade, Thawiro, Wovwe and Galileya health centres in Chilumba have not been constructed to standard thereby draining the tax payers’ money.

“This has been highly due to lack of supervision by the District Council coupled with lack of ownership by community members,” explained Muriya.

The Karonga District Council Chairperson, Earnest Mwalighali disclosed that the major contributing factors to these poor development standards is the community members themselves because they don’t want to take a leading role in monitoring the quality of infrastructures being constructed for them in their areas.

He admitted that the challenge of having the irregular full council meetings that have rocked Chitipa district council is not peculiar to Karonga district council as their structures and sources of raising funds are the same.

In Karonga District, the project is targeting Traditional Authorities Wasambo, Mwirang’ombe and Mwakaboko to contribute towards accountability for CDF, DDF as well as locally generated revenues in the councils.


The Justice and Peace Desk of Karonga Diocese is implementing an advocacy project dubbed “Citizen Action for Local Government Accountability (CALGA)” with funding from Tilitonse Fund through Danish Church Aid (DCA). 

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