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The yet to be completed house The yet to be completed house Image taken by Nobert MZEMBE

Council Under Fire Over Stalled Development Projects

Written by  Written by Norbert MZEMBE in Karonga district May 17, 2017

Karonga District Council is coming under fire over various stalled projects in the district.

Stakeholders are demanding the council to give detailed accounts of how funds meant for implementation of developmental projects are being utilised.

The demands came after councillors and stakeholders organised a tour of development projects to appreciate their progress, but where they only ended up being frustrated to witness the stalled projects.

For instance, construction of the head teacher’s three bedroomed house at Lupembe community day secondary school, under the District Development Fund (DDF), has been put on hold.

It is alleged that the funds meant for the construction work had been depleted before construction was completed.

chairperson of the development committee at the council, councillor Hurry Hudson Mwanyembe said at first the council approved MK11 million for the construction project but in the course of the construction work, the contractor demanded extra money.

This he stated had been on grounds that the project was under estimated whereby the council through the finance committee bowed to the demand and coughed up an extra MK5 million.

However, the chairperson of Lupembe Area Development Committee (ADC), Vincent Kayuni argues that the council furnished them with clear information that only MK9 million was pumped in for the project.

Chairperson of the finance committee, Councillor Patrick Kishombe concurred with the ADC that the development really lacks transparency and accountability for having the audacity to provide misleading information to the beneficiaries in the expense of their tax money.

Reacting to the matter, Head Mistress of the school, Maria Mbowe expressed concern over the delay in the completion of the house for her to move in as she resides from a distance of about a kilometre away from the school which compromises her duties.

Mbowe articulated that it is very sad to learn that millions of kwacha was spent on the construction project of a three bedroomed house and a shallow dug pit latrine that cannot be occupied as they are far from being completed.

According to Mbowe, Lupembe CDSS is one of the many schools in Karonga that are lagging behind which operates without potable water coupled with understaffing, absence of library and laboratories, inadequate teaching and learning materials.

Constructed in early 1999 in the elite Lupembe hill, Lupembe CDSS has two class room blocks with four class rooms which accommodates over 100 students.



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