Mzimba West lawmaker Harry Mkandawire has asked fellow legislators to “swallow their pride” and let councillors administer Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to improve coordination at grassroot level.
The call, made during a council meeting in Mzimba on Thursday, comes after Nation newspaper exposed massive misallocation of funds, stalled projects and substandard structures.
Mkandawire said time has come to leave the CDF to be administered by councillors.
He asserted:“I do not care because I stand for the truth. Even if my fellow members of parliament (MPs) do not support me, we are looking at what is fair as far as development is concerned. Let us leave CDF to councillors.
“In my cponstituency, the CDF is administered by councillors and I do not have a problem with it. For the sake of development, we need to worj with the councillors becauee they work closely with communities at grassroots.
“There is no way I should be coming to the council alone to collect a cheque. What are we afraid of it at all we are transparent?”
Mkandawire further asked councillors to lobby for amendment of laws which allow MPs to vote in councils.
He reiterated that MPs mandate is to ake laws in the National Assembly and not to vote during council meetings.