Councillors in the country’s biggest district want government to split Mzimba, saying the Northern Region district is being denied development because of its vastness.
M’mbelwa District Council development committee chairperson Fumu Mdolo, who is also Kasito East Ward councillor, said they will petition government this month on their calls.
The councillors are advocating for splitting up Mzimba to ensure development trickles down to the local people, according to Mdolo.
Splitting Mzimba calls were initially started by pressure group called Friends of Mabulabo whose chairperson is Crispin Sibande, a renowned Lilongwe-based lawyer.
The group has assured , Inkosi Ya Makosi M’mbelwa that the proposal puts the paramount chief as still the traditional head of the Ngonis in the Northern Region.
Sibande had said they would consult people to come up with names of the four districts that would come out of Mzimba split.
His pressure group was of the opinion that Mzuzu, Inkosi Mabulabo’s area, Mzimba Central and South of Ezwazini should be declared districts.
“There are no tarmac roads, hospitals, adequate schools and so forth in Mzimba because it was very difficult for the district budget to reach all corners of the district unlike districts that are smaller. We appeal to government and traditional leaders to take heed of our call,” he said.
Sibande said Mabulabo is the biggest traditional authority in Mzimba and the most affected by underdevelopment.
He said, for example, Mzimba District Hospital is very far from Mabulabo’s area, the nearest being Nkhamenya Mission Hospital in Kasungu but it is privately owned by the Catholic Church which maybe beyond the reach of villagers.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian for Mzimba Solola, Jacob Hara is also backing the move , saying the split will help in easy disbursement and monitoring of developmental projects.
During the Bakili Muluzi regime, four areasPhalombe, Neno, Balaka and Likomawere elevated to full district status, increasing the number of districts from 24 to 28.
Chiefs in the district, led by Inkosi ya Makosi Mmbelwa IV and Inkosi Mabulabo have said they are not against the move.
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