Nsanje district council has retained former Chairperson who is being accused of misuse of three Million Kwacha Illovo funds meant for the 2015 flood victims in the lower shire district.
Councilor Mabvuto Kamba was voted into the chairpersonship Friday during a full council meeting held at the district’s headquarters.
Kamba who served as a council chair between 2014 and 2015 and other council officials purchased 477 rolls of plastic sheets is said to be failing to account for cash amounting to 1.5 Million Kwacha.
The former chairperson was voted to the post despite the issue of misuse of alleged funds dominated Nsanje district council’s general meeting Friday.
For instance, a commission of enquiry which was instituted to investigate the matter, on Friday asked the council to consider referring the matter to the police as it has a criminal element.
The development exploded a hot debate among the council members with some supporting the idea while others shot it down.
Some members of the council members including Traditional Authority Mbenje said those involved should be forgiven as they are sons and daughters of Nsanje besides they are first offenders.
However, Traditional Authority Mlolo and others thrashed the idea saying those responsible for misusing the funds meant for the poor people should be punished to save the council’s face.
“What you should know is that failure to act on the incident would scare the donors. Therefore, they have to face the wrath of the law,” said Chief Mlolo who happens to be a woman.
After a long and heated debate on the issue, the council failed to reach a consensus on the matter and it was referred back the commission of enquiry for more investigations and recommendations.
Then, the elections proceeded which Kamba was victorious.
The council’s records shows that out of the 477 plastic sheets councilor Kamba procured only 212 were available in the council’s stores where the items were delivered.