Malawi suspends disbursement of development funds to councils

Capital Hill, the seat of government in Lilongwe has suspended disbursement of development funds to all councils that failed to submit expenditure returns.

Msowoya: Government will save

Msowoya: Government forwarned councils

Nations Msowoya, spokesperson for finance ministry and treasury said the government forewarned councils and all government departments that failure to submit the returns would result in the freeze of funding which would only resume after all relevant documents are submitted to the ministry on time.

“We are exercising financial prudence therefore our financial management systems must be adhered to,” he said.

However it is not known how much has been frozen but reports indicate that out of the K149 million Dedza District Council was supposed to get, it has only received K88 million.

Chairman of the council Osias Chidovu said this has stalled development projects some of whom were due to finish.

In Ntcheu, out of a budget of K104 million, the council has received K101 million and council chair Simita Duncan Njobvu is pressing on Capital Hill to release the remaining money so that development projects can continue.

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7 thoughts on “Malawi suspends disbursement of development funds to councils”

  1. Myao says:

    Misplaced resources

  2. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    Congratulations to Mr Hlabezulu Ngonoonda (#3), who provides excellent analyses and evaluations of – and recommendations for – rural roads maintenance and rehabilitation. There speaks the voice of experience! It is to be hoped that his advice will be noted and acted upon.

  3. Thieves says:

    Out of 104 you were given 101 which means the projects are through,the remaining is allowances don’t fool us. Nanunso ma councillors kuba too much if you want quick riches that is not the right way. Apaneni kwambiri anthu amenewa.

  4. Hlabezulu Ngonoonda says:

    Capital Hill has done the right thing to suspend the disursement. However, the authorties should find a better way of implementing projects at district council level where results have been disastrous. For instance rural roads are being rehabilitated and new ones constructed. People working on them use rudimentary tools. After a heavy down pour, deep gullies often appear on these roads because gravel was not applied; culverts were not put in places where they are supposed to be; and that drains were not properly done in order to carry runoff water in the desired directions. These result into bad quality roads that never sustain either or both foot and vehicular traffic for too long. It is also noteworthy that during implementation of the programs, professionals conversant with road works are never engaged and that light equipments are not used. Come next season, funds are again set aside for the same roads at a huge cost while workers have to endure an ongoing cycle of un–managed deterioration and rehabilitation works.

    Ideally, villagers registered for public works should be assigned on routine maintenance that comprises a range of small scale and simple activities that are widely dispersed in the districts. Typical activities include cutting back encroaching vegetation, roadside verge clearing, cleaning of silted ditches and culverts to ensure not only the daily passability and safety of existing roads but also prevent premature deterioration of the roads. Periodic maintenance as currently done by villagers should be the preserve of skilled workers using light or specialist equipments. That is on an account that the operations provide skilled workers a good opportunity to identify periodic maintenance needs, notably, regravelling, resurfacing, reshaping and repairs to structures. It is on this part that villagers can be contracted to reduce operational and overhead costs.

    Those in authority should revisit the district roads improvement programs it used to implement several years ago in each district which had supervisors from roads department monitoring those recruited to work on rural roads. The workers were on a pay roll. Their performance was monitored on daily basis. They sustained the quality and safety of the roads in a condition close to the original design, and it minimised road user costs. The roads were quite usable throughout the rainy season. Unlike those currently being rehabilitated using rudimentary tools with a large force of ghost workers under the supervision of a local villager possessing no knowledge of road maintenance.

    At the rate at which such roads are being maintained every year, it is hardly imaginable if rural roads will ever wear asphalt, concrete and bituminous materials. Rural roads are poorly maintained. They constrain mobility, significantly raising vehicle operating costs, and aggravate isolation, poverty, poor health and illiteracy in rural communities. Yet road improvements bring immediate benefits to road users through improved access to hospitals, schools and markets. They also improve comfort, speed and safety. For these benefits to be sustained, road improvements ought to be followed by a well planned program which is devoid of … and …

  5. Nyotso says:

    so that stealing can continue. provide returns!!!! asaaaaa!!!!

  6. Akungolonje says:

    K101 out of K104 ml then you say so that projects can start? Are you serious!!!!!!!!!!!! I would appreciate if you said so that projects can finish, otherwise they deserve not being given the few remaining sum. They have really failed to perform.

    1. Edna says:

      Akuti so that the projects can continue……Kupupuluma bwanji powelenga.

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