Rumphi District Council says delay in disbursement of funds under Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and other funding windows at district level is said to have negatively affected the completion of projects in the district.
The council’s chairperson Richard Chibambo said most of the development initiatives which the council embarked on have not been completed due to the delay in disbursement of CDF.
He was responding to concerns on a halted school block construction project at Luchezi Primary School which was finance by CFD.
Chirambo said government has not been releasing resources on time, a situation which has made several projects including Luchezi Primary School block construction projected to be halted.
“We were supposed to complete this school block in 2018/19 fiscal year but we received the funding late towards the May 21 polls and nothing could have been done in the absence of a sitting member of parliament and a Councillor.
“But the good thing is that we received the funding though late and our duty now is to make sure that outstanding projects are completed. I should also make it clear that we will be completing the school block in question soon,” Chibambo explained.
He appealed to central government to consider releasing resources to District Cuncils in time so that so that projects are completed within scheduled time frame.
Luchezi Primary School Head Teacher, Grace Msiska said inadequate school blocks at the school has led to congestion of learners,. She said the school has the enrollment of over 250 learners against a single classroom block and a makeshift and grass thatched structures.
“Our enrollment is not in tandem with the infrastructure that we have. We only have one classroom block which is in use and one grass thatched structure,” she pointed out.
Msiska appealed to individuals and organizations to support the school.