Some concerned individuals in the Northern Region have established Nyika Development Trust (NDT) to advocate, lobby and initiate development projects aimed at uplifting the face of the region.
The trust was launched on Monday in Mzuzu.
Speaking during the launch, NDT board of directors’ chairperson Pyoka Mfuni said time has come for people from the region’s six districts to join hands and push for equal distribution of sustainable development.
He cited the failed Mombera University and Mzuzu Airport which politicians have used over the years as campaign tools.
Said Mfuni: “We will be working closely with government and politicians in the region to foster development that will benefit the poor.
“We will be mobilising resources for various developments as well as providing checks and balances to government- funded projects to avoid cases of stalled projects.”
The trust’s Rumphi District chapter secretary Lindiwe Chisala said the institution will also empower women to contribute positively to its development agenda.
She said: “Apart from infrastructural development, we will start by implementing President Lazarus Chakwera’s Adopt a Forest Initiative aimed at afforesting the country’s depleted forests.”
However, Mzimba-based political commentator Emily Mkamanga while commending the trust’s formation, asked people to exercise patience, saying the Tonse Alliance government should be given the benefit of the doubt.
“let us give it ample time, otherwise it has the obligation to develop the north just like ither regions in the country,” she said in a separate interview.