DPP, UDF spat over development projects: ‘Lhomwe belt favoured’

Governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its partner United Democratic Front (UDF) are on a collision course over the distribution and implementation of development projects, with latter accusing the DPP-led administration of favouring the Lhomwe belt.

UDF member of Parliament (MP) for Machinga East, Esther Jolobala, last week condemned the DPP government for ‘favouring Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Thyolo and Phalombe’ in the implementation of various taxpayer-funded development projects.

She was speaking outside Parliament in Lilongwe.

She cited the construction of road projects, which she said have been concentrated in the four districts at the expense of the national interest.

“We want equal distribution of the development projects. This is taxpayers’ money. As government is constructing the Chiringa-Muloza Road and other roads in the four districts, we want progress on other roads as well. Where is the money for the other roads? Why is government diverting money for other roads to Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Thyolo and Phalombe? This is very unfair,” she said.

Jolobala alleged that the Nsanama-Nayuchi Road Project had stalled because government diverted money to serve the interests of the Lhomwe belt.

“In the 2018/19 national budget allocated K2 billion. The Treasury has reduced the budget to K1 billion. But since the passing of the budget in June 2018, nothing has happened on the ground. Surprisingly, in August 2018, the Roads Authority advertised for the contractors to apply for eight roads. And Nsanama-Nayuchi Road, Chiringa-Muloza Road, Salima-Dwambazi Road, Nsulira-Nkhotakota Road (Game Section), Mzimba-Ezondweni-Njakwa Road, Mzuzu-Bula-Usisya Road, Kamuzu Academy-Mtunthama-Kapelula-Wimbe-Nkhotakota Road and Marka-Nsanje Road.

“Our investigations have revealed that Treasury doesn’t have adequate resources. Government has given priority to Chiringa-Muloza Road. I was told government spends about K800 million to K1 billion per kilometre. Not even a design has taken place on the project. My fear is that the national cake is not shared/distributed equally. Some Malawians should not be treated as if they are more Malawian than others,” Jolobala emphasised.

But the DPP Publicity Secretary, Nicholas Dausi, hit back at the legislator, saying it was wrong for Jolobala to ‘wash dirty linen in public’.

“UDF is our partner in government. As such, I did not expect them to start castigating or criticising the government of which they are part,” said Dausi.

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dan

This has been true through and through how do you seem to observe it now? You and your leader have had blind loyalty for so long disadvantaging your own people of the right to be heard through you Today you decide to waffle just less than six months to go. How are they going to reverse this. This is why we say DPP must go away for diving people through their dubious and favourtism. Malawi deserves better than what is going on with DPP. the issue of the stadium and the Cancer Centre. I only miss the DPP of Bingu… Read more »

Francis Kaisi
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Achina Dausi are like dogs that makes noise behind a fence with locked gate. Blind loyalty. This woman has spoken the truth. Its time that we Yao people we get together and serve divorce papers to these greedy Lomwes. We are majority in the east. Without us they are nothing. It was proved in history that we dominated them for centuries despite Lomwes having a Christian upper hand. Your language never existed thanks to your tribalistc Mlakho, But bare in mind as I said we are majority in the east. Once we devorce you, you will never lead Malawi again.… Read more »

Namaseko
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Namaseko

Oh you finally figured it out that DPP used you!

ELIJAH VERSUS BAAL
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CALLING BACK COLONIAL MASTERS CAN SERVE MALAWI NOT THESE CROOKS !!

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

But she’s just being honest! You want her to lie?

Ndatopa
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Ndatopa

Mugawana liti zida, mukuchedwatu

Domasi
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Domasi

You need to address that with your self-centered, good for nothing Atupele, ask him why your constituency has not benefited in-spite of him selling UDF to DPP

Domasi
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Domasi

It took UDF this long to realize that you were being used by DPP????

Vindere
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Vindere

You mean UDF hasn’t benefited from the coalition except Atupele getting a fat check at the end of the month….kikikikikikikikikikiki

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Menyanani menyanani, samaletsa, samaletsa.

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