Mutharika given a 14 day ultimatum in his own backyard: Enlightened by MCP MP Lunguzi

People of Phalombe District, sick and tired of being taken for a ride by successive Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) governments despite supporting the party in large numbers, have petitioned President Peter Mutharika over government’s inability to roll out the district hospital project years after it started “receiving funding” in the national budget.

Juliana Lunguzi MP Dedza East raised the issue of Phalo,be hospital in parliament

Juliana Lunguzi MP Dedza East raised the issue of Phalo,be hospital in parliament

As recently noted by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian; who is also the current Chair of the Parliamentary Health Committee and Shadow Minister (Health) for her party in her response to the 2015/16 Budget Statement, construction of Phalombe District Hospital has been featuring in budgets dating as far back as 2007.

To date, not a single brick is in evidence.

Delivering her contribution to the 2015/16 debate in parliament a week ago, Hon Juliana Lunguzi sympathised with the people of Phalombe.

“I would be failing in my duty if I do not talk about the plight of the people of Phalombe. Phalombe District Hospital, Mr Speaker Sir, is in the budget, yet again this year.”

She went on:“Mr Speaker sir, for how long are we going to cheat people of Phalombe that they will get a hospital?I made to believe that since 2007, ‘construction of Phalombe District Hospital’ has always existed in the budget.Yet up to now, Phalombe District Hospital, does not exist in Phalombe.”

Lunguzi quizzed her fellow parliamentarians from the area:“Fellow honourable members from the Government benches, how do you manage to look the people of Phalombe in the eye when you visit them?”

She then offered her peers free advice saying:“We must learn to respect and honour our pledges to fellow citizens.”

In the petition presented to Phalombe district commissioner (DC) Paul Kalilombe, the residents have, among others, given Mutharika 14 days to visit the district and appreciate their concerns.

The DC has confirmed to the media that he indeed received the petition on behalf of the President.

Kalilombe, implying that this is not the first petition that the hapless people of Phalombe have made to Government; said since a prior petition, several activities have taken place to lessen the people’s pressure in terms of access to health facility while waiting for the start of the project.

He cited construction of a theatre room, an additional ward, part of administration block at Phalombe Health Centre and disbursement of compensation to owners of the land where the new hospital will be built.

All these however do not constitute a District Hospital which usually serves as the first referral centre in a district.

This explains why residents are impatient with the delays to start construction and have since threatened to stop further construction works at the health centre should the President defy their petition.

Also speaking to the media on the same issue, Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya said that although government had been showing the amounts in the budget “they were only for purposes of budgeting” and no funds were drawn.

This statement has left many Malawians wondering what else in the K930 billion 2015/16 budget is “there just for the purposes of budgeting”, never to see the light of day.

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Guest

So msowoya has revealed that budgets are prepared for the sake of it! Political weapon yophera awemba nthawi ya masankho eti! Foolish ppo. in fact u r fooling yasef

phiri waphiri
Guest

AMAYI LUNGUZI MUSAMAKHALE NGATI ABWINO INU MWAPHA ANA ANGATI KUCHIPATALA KUJA, I HEAR ONE WOULD LIKE TO GO TO COURT FOR THE HER CHILD YOU KILLED KAYA

fredpa
Guest

They are budgeting for the sake of budgeting nothing will come out,ili nde boma ili.Koma ya!! kodi dziko lino kulitukula ndi mbwelera zake zimenezi?.Amati”education that does not bring transformation to you or to people around you is awasted education”.OR “educated sarvages do not bring change but worsen situations in the name of change.”

Uchizi Chilongozi
Guest

Big up Juliana

Analisti wamkulu
Guest

Stupid Lomwes of Phalombe.Those are the consequences of voting for people out of tribalism instead of policies.Muzipita kwa sing’anga.

jimbo
Guest

The DPP want to use the funds that could be used to build Phalombe hospital to build two banquet halls. The health and wellbeing of the people of Phalombe are very low on the list of priorities for this DPP Govt. When are they going to be made to stand up and be counted? They are a disgrace and a total sham.

Lutundu Wa Lutundu
Guest

MCP shut up

Balamanthu
Guest

Bvuto lake lovotera mbava ndi choncho.We are being ruled by crooks where integrity does not matter.They believe in cheating voters.Thats why they dont even feel ashamed kubera mavoti and have the courage to say that they have done well in the first year of APM.You have not and things are just starting.They will get worse.Desperate situations require desperate measures which the DPP government does not have in its wallet!Mbuzi za anthu.We need to lease our country to Kagame just for six months and you will see how things will happen-faster than expected and half the civil service kundende wo!

msowoya
Guest

akhwaka,iwe charombathu u think if govt says we have budgeted to spend 980 billion the money is just idle in govt account #1, these are just projections , ndlama zake ndi misinkho ikubwerayi from july 2015- june 16

IBAM
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Boma lamalawi ndendende ndi Greece.

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