Underground battle for 2019 elections among Nsanje MPs and Councillors

Councillors in Nsanje have accused  Members of Parliament in the district for not turning up to important meetings as they feel is compromising the quality of development.

Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma: Sadid not to be attending meetings

Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma: Sadid not to be attending meetings

Some councillors who confided with the reporter said they are concerned with how the MPs in the district have been responding to invitations for council meetings as well as governance trainings.

“We are very worried with the way most of our MPs are handling invitations to very important district meetings and functions. We saw them only when we were coming up with the council committees.

“We last saw them during the first meetings of service committees. We know that they are busy people but they have to know that they were elected to serve the people in their respective areas,” said one of the concerned councilors.

Mabvuto Benjamin Kamba Council Chairperson acknowledged the concerns as he said MPs have obligation to be attending to meetings and trainings that are directly benefiting the constituents without fail.

He further said there are a number of things that need their presence as MPs. He cited an example of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which he said needs the MPs’ guide as is in the CDF procedure and guidelines.

“Much we know that most of the MPs in district are always busy with other equally important issues, like honourable Francis Kusaila being a Minister, Honourable Esther Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma being a Deputy Speaker of National Assembly, and others in Parliamentary Standing Committees, it is important for them to be close to the people who elected them.

“We councilors feel that we can work better with their presence as our MPs. Therefore, their presence is paramount to the development of the district,” he explained.

Councilor Kamba urged the Members of Parliament to put the interest of the people at heart so that the district can achieve meaningful development.

“As councilors, we would wish to have our MPs here all the time however, I feel they are always busy,” said Kamba.

Tiphedzane Community Based Organization Executive Director Mike Dansa whose organization conducted training on good governance for Members of Parliament and Councilors in the district said he was worried to see that only councilors attended.

“As an organization, we realized the importance of providing good governance training so that they should be able to follow up issues without challenges. However, to our surprise, all MPs were absent,” Dansa said sounding worried.

However, Nsanje South Parliamentarian Thom Kamangira trashed the assertions levelled against them claiming that they have been always in attendance to important gatherings. He claimed that they are some councilors who have ambitions to become parliamentarians come 2019.

“We have not been attending to some activities due to short notices. Most of us are in standing committees of Parliament hence at times we fail to attend such meeting. What you should also know is that some councilors have started repositioning themselves to contest as Members of Parliament come 2019. Therefore, they are coming with different stories to achieve their agenda,” he claimed.

Asked if the relationship is sour among the councilors and MPs just after eight months in office, Kamangira claimed to be in good terms with the councilors.

“As MPs, we are working with them. This to say, our relationship with the councilors is just good. Therefore, as a team we eager to develop our constituencies,” he said.–Mana

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12 thoughts on “Underground battle for 2019 elections among Nsanje MPs and Councillors”

  1. Mlakho says:

    Chonde a NYASA TIMES yesetsani kukonza vuto la ma COMMENT sakuoneka bwino ayi cha ku manzere akuoneka ofufutika.

    Komanso mwachotsa BACKGROUND yabwino

  2. Kasiya boy says:

    Vwadidi mbuyaaaa

  3. tonde says:

    Executive Director for a CBO? My foot!!!!

  4. musovenge says:

    why now lets develop our area please estere & kasaila because God holds the future

  5. DRAKE says:

    People in Nsanje are very concerned with the behaviour of the old experienced MP’S from Nsanje they are not being responsive to the needs of the people there. We want old MP’S like Kasaila and Mcheka Chilenje to be pro active . We have roads that have been ungraded for over four years yet Kasaila is now under that Ministry roads like Nsanje Marka-Lurwe,
    Nsanje to Chididi and Nsilanga, East Bank road Chiromo to Thabwa, Chiromo to Makwasa
    Via Seven. Misamvu, Bwangu to Bangula. These roads are in a very bad condition and the MPs asachitirane Nsanje we are all from the same District and we need these roads. We also need the Rail From Marka Border to Limbe and our MP’S Should convince Government to seriously look into this project.

  6. Not Anjenjenjeman says:

    MP Kamangira, so what is wrong for a today councilor positioning for MP position in 2019?. We dont want stagnation, people must progress and that is what everyone wishes including you.

  7. zangaphe says:

    Nanu a Dansa, can MPs really attend a training organised by a CBO? Zinazi kumaziona abale, iiiii. Kalulu kufuna kuphunzitsa Njobvu on good governance…zosekesatu iziii abale. Mai Ester Mcheka, a deputy speaker a nyumbo ya maulodo, Bambo Kasaila, a nduna, etc abwere, pampando mphwiii, kumvetsera inu?kkkkkk. Inembo ndine nsena, mazi ipimbo ndiye nkhabeve, pya dampwaaaaa, pya ziiiiiii.

    As a CBO, just present your issues to your honorable MPs to address, simple. Osati iyayi, ma MP athu adabwerebi ku maphunjiro, hahahaha.

    Am not saying they shouldn’t visit thier contituencies, No, they have to ,as often as possible to interact with them, listen to thier development needs, etc

  8. Most of MPs just need us during the elections. Once they are in positions they forsake us. We are thrown like a used paper into the dust bin. We are still here waiting to put them into positions come 2019. Nowadays people are civilised. Ndiye tidzaonana.

  9. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    MPs! mps! mps!
    As I have said before:
    1. They make travel mileage claims when attending standing committee meetings in
    Lilongwe as if they operate from their constituencies (Chitipa, Nsaje, Rumphi, Blantyre,
    Machinga, Salima, Dowa etc) yet they reside in Mzuzu, Zomba, Lilongwe, Blantyre,
    running personal businesses, full time. The government, ACB, fiscal police know that
    but nobody cares. It’s cheating, corruption because they do not spend huge amounts
    they claim.
    2. They do not work for their constituencies but their own personal businesses,
    consultancies, double jobs, yet get fat salaries at end of the month
    3. Why should they get fat sitting allowances when in parliament yet they doing the
    normal job they were recruited for by the electorates and are working in what is
    supposed to be their office? Parliament. What are their salaries for?
    4. The get huge soft loans, some interest free, some portions paid back by government.
    The ‘sacred cows’, yet the common Malawian is suffering, body wasting.
    5. Passing of bills is linked to some benefits to the majority of them, eg, huge loans or
    allowances, or they deliberately frustrate the process meant to benefit the nation.
    My fellow Malawians, let’s feel for the nation, for the sick, for the poor Malawian, for
    the poor civil servant, for the poor pupil, for the jobless, for the orphans, for the elderly,
    the list goes on and on. Surely, one day each one of us will be answerable. I have
    never seen a hearse withe a trailer of the deceased belongings.

  10. Patriot says:

    Kaya ndi asena, kaya alomwe…..onse ndi ZITSIRU

  11. ganimunthu says:

    Akabwela ku every meeting mumatinso akuonjeza please ma councilors osangoybitsa nkhani yopanda mutuvmutu

  12. Z AVIA NS says:

    Dpp yopeperayo! Foseki?

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