Ardent Democratic People’s Party (DPP) supporters in Mangochi have asked the Ministry of Local Government to rescind its decision of transferring the District Commissioner, Bester Mandere, from the district to Thyolo as it is allegedly rumoured, arguing the transfer will affect some of the developments he initiated not to be completed.
Speaking when conducting a vigil on Sunday at the district’s council premises, Constituency Governor for Mangochi Central, Elias Tebulo said the district commissioner has not stayed long in the district to be transferred.
“Our DC, Mr. Bester Mandere came here not long time ago. But looking at the myriads developments he has done to this district within this short stint makes one to admire and appreciate him,” said Tebulo.
“As supporters of the visionary party (DPP) which also encourages development we thought we were so much privileged with Mr. Mandere as our DC gauging at the way he started shaping our district, but we are now wondering to hear that he is on transfer. We feel this is out of order,” he worried.
Tebulo further expressed concern over the way how the Minister of Local Government is handling the issue, saying as supporters of the ruling party they were supposed to be officially communicated and not just to be hearing it on the grapevine in drinking joints, churches, mosques, markets and other places.
“We feel the Minister of Local Government has a hand on this. The way he is handling this issue leaves a lot to be desired and I am afraid if he will not address this issue properly we pledge not to relent our efforts. We are going to be camping at DC’s office till the transfer is cancelled,” he challenged.
But spokesperson in the Ministry of Local Government, Muhlabase Mughogho said the issue of transfer for Mr Mandere was already effected and people in the district should expect to receive new DC any time possible.
She paralleled away people’s fears’ on the alleged development saying whoever comes can continue with the development.
The issue of transfers for District Commissioners in the country is not strange as a month hardly passes without hearing one.