Members of Parliament (MPs) in Karonga belonging to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have reportedly used for personal gain K46 million meant for development projects under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Nyasa Times has learnt.
The chief orchestrators are deputy Minister of Education Vincent Ghambi (Karonga North) and James Bond Kamwambi (Karonga North West).
Councillor Wiyule Kanyika of Kaporo Ward and Ngerenge Area Development Committee (ADC) chairperson Nelson Mwakisalu told Nyasa Times that Ghambi has been defying procedures to withdraw from the fund.
“The CDF has been eaten up by our MP Vincent Ghambi and his party followers,” Kanyika said.
He added: “Even the procedure of withdrawing the fund was not followed as it is supposed to be signed by me as councillor of the area after the ADC has identified the projects. What our MP is doing is that he is using his power as a Minister to take the fund from the office of the district commissioner without the knowledge of anyone.”
Kanyika further said that there was “no good relationship” between the two since he belonged to a different political party.
According to him, Ghambi has been refusing to attend meetings so they could sort out the issue.
Kamwambi, too, is reportedly using the ADC chairperson in his area Smith Kalambo to cover his sins.
But in an interview he quashed down the allegation saying “I work hand in hand with all the councillors regardless.”
Ghambi, too, admitted there being bad blood between him and the ADC due to “some misunderstanding.”
He said “the report that I pocketed the fund is not true as I use traditional leaders to carry up development projects for the CDF in my area especially because the ADC have many duties.”
The district civic education officer for the National Initiative for Civic Education Trust (NICE) condemned the malpractice saying “according to the law the ADC chair is not allowed to have two positions especially a political one as it jeopardizes the transparency and accountability process.”
She added: “I am also wondering how the office of the district commissioner disbursed the fund without following right procedures.”
However, district finance officer denied commenting on the matter while referring this reporter to the MPs to explain how they withdraw the fund.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :