Dedza MPs worried over council budget

Members of Parliament in Dedza have express concerns over the developmental budget priorities of the district council saying that many important projects were left out.

Juliana Lunguzi : One of the MPs in Dedza

According one of the MPs in the district, Patrick Chilondola of Dedza North constituency said he was very worried about many projects in his area which were not included in the budget.

“In my area we have roads for example Nkhoma-Mayani Road which is in a very bad state that needs graveling not grading as it was presented in the budget. That is why as MPs we were pleading with the council to consider some of these projects that will really assist people in our constituencies and indeed develop our own district,” he said.

Echoing the sentiments, Senior Chief Kachindamoto blamed the council for not engaging chiefs in the district when prioritising projects which made the council to choose projects which chiefs are not satisfied with.

“As leaders in the community we should be engaged in prioritising and selecting developmental projects for our communities and not just putting projects which are not necessary for our areas,” she said.

Kachindamoto added that women in her area travel long distances to antenatal check-ups which is very bad while maternity wing in her area has stayed four years without being completed and has not been included in the financial year.

District Commissioner for Dedza, James Manyetera admitted to concerns raised by the council and he said as council they taken into account what MPs and chiefs have complained saying they will consider some of the projects after sourcing funds.

Dedza has come up with a total of K1.6 billion of which K231 million is for District Development Fund (DDF).

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I stand to be corrected considering that VLAPs are supposed to be a consultative process where chiefs, CSOs and all that matter in society are engaged. So I find nothing wrong with chiefs complaining on their non involvement in the whole process. Let’s not politicise this straight forward issue……Let’s leave out JZU Tembo in this development related issue. I second the to one suggesting that DCs should be from the same district and not elsewhere…..




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John Black

Chiefs are appointed civil servants, not elected officials. So they have no mandate from the electorate, and they should stay out of policy decisions. It was correct to not involve the chiefs in the deliberations.
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DC said: “as council, they have taken into account what MPs & chiefs had complained about…”. This is NONSENSE. Who is drives the district’s development agenda? The DC or councillors and MPs themselves? My home district of Dowa has had a problem with its DC, who happens to be from Nyika. Now, come to think about this; can someone from an impoverished region be able to spur development in a hard-working district like Dowa? This is unlikely; in fact, from what I gather, she resides in LL at the expense of Dowa’s funds meant for development projects. All I can… Read more »
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mmhu dedza boma lovesa cisoni ngati Tembo sanacitepo kanthu, obwera ma dc zoopsa. wina suuja anatiuza pa meeting kuti k1 million wakozetsa galimoto. nde poti ndi bwana tinangoomungana, wina wa ku mayani kha ndi mp akumangalodge yake pafupi ngi junction y nseu wopita ku sekondary ya box 48 waibisa kufupi ndi manda. pa dzana muluzi anadya ndalama zomangila cipatala cacingono kufupi ndi mpata wa milonde. koma anthu ifeyo. mungotigwilitsa za masafu komaso osatipatsa ndalama zake. nde muone manyumba amangidwa mu dz mo eni ake a ku boma ku concil kumene. ukapita kokafuna malo amalemba ma receipt ina yopanda carbon paper,… Read more »

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