After barely two months from the time Director of Planning and Development for Mulanje District, Humphrey Gondwe threatened to evict some Civil Society oRgnisations (CSOs), District Commissioner for the same district has issued a fresh threat to ban operatios of CSOs .
Speaking during a District Executive Committee meeting held on Thursday, D.C Fred Movete accused Non-governmental Organizations operating in the district of unwillingness to work with line Ministries while implementing their various projects in the district.
“It has become our major worry now: Much as we appreciate that these people do help us in reaching out to communities with services that government alone may not suffice, but now they are taking us for granted because they want to be doing things in isolation and some are not even following government policies in their work because they have left out the policy holders,” explained Movete.
He cited an example of the health sector where he said there were at least 18 Non-governmental Organizations working in the district under the sector, but whenever the sector head (District Health Officer) calls for them to report to them on pertinent issues only 8 organizations cooperate.
“So now I am warning you for the last time because the Council has the mandate to keep you here or ask you to evacuate due to insubordination,” he emphasized, adding that “what we want is not your money, but your cooperation.”
Commenting on the DCs accusations on CSOs, representative of the DHO at the Indaba, a Mrs. Katuli (Nurse) confirmed that there were such problems in the Health sector.
“Really the DHO worries about it and he has mentioned it in several meetings: I may not be able to release much information but all I can tell you is that it is true that some,” she said.
Spokesperson for Mulanje Civil Society Coalition Twambilire Mwabungulu could not be easily reached for comment as he was working away for a week and his cell went unanswered.