Kalonga made the sentiments Saturday when five cabinet ministers engaged local business persons in the district to resolve some of the drawbacks affecting their businesses.
Malawi News Agency reported that during the heated meeting, the traders demanded clarification from Government on various challenges communities are facing. Issues taking centre stage included poor service delivery and alleged corruption by Malawi Revenue Authority and Police officers.
The community is questioning the quality standards of Karonga – Songwe Road which has developed cracks and potholes within the first year of its construction.
“We are not mused with high presence of roadblocks between Songwe Border and Mzuzu. There are some police officers who are demanding duty on goods and services bought from Tanzania, which is not their responsibility per se but that of MRA officials.
“We also urge Government to furnish us with Kawuni-wuni Report. We are wondering to see foreigners extracting minerals while we the locals do not have any information,’’ said representative for the group, Suzgo Mwalwanda.
Some participants at the meeting insisted to pursue with provocative actions if the issues raised are not addressed.
However TA Kalonga faulted the approach saying it was detrimental to development.
“In as much as I would love to see Government fulfill its promises for the betterment of my people, violence is not a solution for demanding development.
" Let me commend cabinet ministers for engaging the business community in a round table discussion this has given the people of Karonga an opportunity to express their concerns to government for redress.’’ Kalonga said.
Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology, Mark Botomani said he was impressed that now duty bearers are being held accountable and people are able to demand different developments from Government.
Botomani: Consesus reached on issues raised
“Yes the people were charged at the beginning of the meeting but after five hours of our discussions we agreed on the issues,” he said.
“In addition I call upon the business community to play a civic education role to communities against human rights abuses such as murdering people being allegedly suspected of practicing witchcraft
The Information Minister advised councils to be communicating to people what Government is doing as most of the projects initiated by Capitol Hill are implemented by councils.