Lack of transparency and accountability on the use of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by Member of Parliament (MP) for Mangochi South West Constituency has attracted the wrath of the constituents to demand a forensic auditing of all the previous projects the legislator has been undertaking in the area.
The MP, Justin Majawa, is alleged to among other things; uses Constituency Development Fund to buy fertilizers where he gives people in the area.
However, communities refused to be a party to the malpractice because they are aware that CDF funding is not meant for that.
Pending for the auditing, the communities have resolved to stop the MP from undertaking any development work related to the fund until the exercise is done or completely stopping him from carrying any development work regarding CDF if he continues.
“The lack of transparency and accountability for Honourable Justin Majawa cannot be overemphasized,” said Abdullah Mussa, Member of Chilipa Area Development Committee (ADC) on Monday during the interface meeting convened by the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) at Chilipa Teacher Development Centre (TDC) Traditional Authority (T/A), Chilipa in the district.
He said since the legislator assumed the power of an MP, he has never attended any developmental meeting despite his campaign promises to be available in Area Development Meetings (ADCs) and Village Development Meetings (VDCs) to appreciate the needs of the community by himself.
“We are not worried about his truancy to these meetings but we are worried of his weird behaviour of not following the procedures and guidelines of CDF. This MP, I tell you he is a crook! I wonder how is it possible for him to get money at the district’s council without my signature and that of the councillor?” asked ADC Chairperson Ibrahim Chibwana.
Chibwana further added that all the materials of questioned projects that the MP has done in the area were procured without the involvement of the ADC members, hence, resorting for the forensic auditing which they hope will create transparency and accountability.
When called, Majawa could not be contacted as his phone could not be reached.
In his remarks, Mangochi Nice Civic Education Officer, Turner Banda encouraged the communities to get organized and find out how the MP succeeds in getting the money without the blessing of the councillor as well as the ADC of the area.
He said transparency and accountability is non-negotiable; hence, there is a need to follow them up.
Banda, however, advises the district council to come up with ways and means of verifying whether ADCs and councillors are involved in identification of projects before CDF is disbursed.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :