Member of Parliament for Ntchisi North East Constituency Olipa Chimangeni (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), has dowrated a councillor in her area and the area development committee, saying they are clueless of development needs in her area and would continue sidelining them on the use of constituency development fund (CDF).
However, the councillor for Msiro ward Ireen Logati Chauma (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP has hit back, saying the member of parliament has no mandate to use the CDF whether the blessings of an area development committee and councillors.
”The committee and the councillor do not even know what development the area needs. I cannot work with such people,” said the MP.
Government and other development stakeholders are holding workshops for legislators and councillors to spell out their respective duties.
Most members of parliament view councillors as adversaries as they might be competitors in the 2019 parliamentary election.
Councillor Chauma said it was surprising that the MP was implementing development projects using CDF without consulting her and the development committee which raises issues of transparency and accountability.
“In the year 2015, we have met a lot of challenges in development because there is no unity between the MP and the councillors. The MP is supposed to be making laws in Parliament, but she is busy doing what we [councillors] were supposed to do,” said Chauma.
Chauma cited the construction of a teacher’s house at Chididi Primary School and a bridge across Chafumbi River as some of the projects councillors were sidelined.