`Beware of corrupt council officials`

Written by  Sam Phiri

As different projects under the Local development fund (LDF) are being rolled out, the Mulanje district council has asked people in the district to resist from any corrupt interference from council officials.

Nankhumwa handing over the cheque Nankhumwa handing over the cheque

The guidelines of LDF empower communities to choose suppliers and contractors of their choice, a right which has been interfered with council officials who tend to impose contractors on the communities.

Speaking when the council presented a K3.9 million cheque for a school block at Khaya primary school in Mulanje Central Constituency, council chairperson Emmanuel Bambala asked the people to report any official who will interfere with the management of the project.

"Let me warn you in advance that once this project has started you may see officials from councils dictating on whom to supply materials or labour. Please report those people to me on my office. Forcing you to do that would be bending the rules of LDF," Bambala said.

He said government trains community members at the beginning of each projects with an aim of making them independent when making decision about projects.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of people from Mulanje Central Constituency, Member of Parliament for the area, who is also the Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa said the coming in of the projects means that his party has started walking the talk of development in the country.

"This is a plus to us as DPP. Some of the things we promised during campaign period were the development of educational facilities like these schools. So people out there must take note that DPP has begun to deliver," said Nankhumwa.

The amount is meant for the first phase of the classroom which will run up to the roofing level when another chunk of money shall be released.

During the event Nankhumwa donated maize flour, soap and party cloth to over 100 people living with disabilities from the constituency.


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