The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has advised ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to counsel its Ndirande-Malabada officials who are believed to be frustrating efforts to establish Water Users Association (WUA) in the area.
According to Cama, a task force that was put in place to champion the formation of WUA, is being trumped upon by some politicians in Ndirande-Malabada.
“Malawians have fought against this type of politics for years as it is detrimental to our democracy.
Politicians are expected to be a drive of change and a mode of development but what is happening in Ndirande Malabada is on contrary.
“The petition by Water sellers and landowners in Ndirande Malabada seeking the attention from the stakeholders and press for WUA formation as soon as possible is a clear indication that the people of Malabada are now tired of waiting for WUA formation and are planning to exercise their democratic right to demonstrate against the few politicians working against the will of people,” said Cama Project Officer, Maurice Nkawihe.
Nkawihe said elsewhere WUAs have proven to be the only inclusive way of managing services in communities.
“WUAs are the model of good governance and have proven to be a working system of managing waterkiosks, which demands those elected to oversee such system to be transparent, accountable and inclusive in their dealings,” he emphasized.
He then advised DPP officials in the area not interfere with the formation of the association, or else Cama will mobilize Ndirande Malabada residents to demonstrate against such politicians.
Nkawihe, however, indicated that they are closing working with other stakeholders such as Public
Affairs Committee, Water for People, Blantyre City Council to ensure that the situation in Malabada is sorted amicably and that the much awaited WUA is established for the betterment of water users there.
“Cama expects the ruling party to counsel its officials not to go against the will of the people and allow the process of establishing WUA in ndirande Malabada to proceed without any interference.
“Cama also expects that the petition of the concerned Water Sellers will be heard, if not, Cama will have no choice but to support the concerned Water Sellers and mobilize people of Ndirande Malabada to demonstrate against such conduct of politicians who have nothing meaningful to offer to people but instead are busy frustrating the type of development meant to improve the social, economic and welfare of people at same time improve the management of water system which has for long time been a source of violence and political conflicts,” said Nkawihe in a statement.
Ndirande Malabada is the only area without WUA, according to Cama.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :