People from the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiseka in Lilongwe on Tuesday hailed the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Citizen Action in local government accountability project for helping them realise their rightful role in development.
Speaking on Monday during a stakeholders’ meeting at Chiseka Primary School hosted by CCJP, T/A Chiseka said the initiative has helped them to distinguish between their roles and those of duty bearers.
“In most cases we assume that members of Parliament (MPs), councillors and the District Commissioner (DC) are responsible for bringing development to our areas. We ignore our very role in advancing development,” said Chiseka.
Rose Msambira, who represented Chiseka Youth Network (CYN), said youths in the area now understand the need to be a positive force by actively participating in development, both at decision making and implementation level.
“Before this meeting, we assumed that we are just passive recipients of development and that our only role in the society is to cheer political leaders.
CCJP Lilongwe Archdiocese projects officer, Mwayi Sandram, encouraged stakeholders who comprised chiefs, youth clubs and special interest groups to develop the spirit of ownership towards development work.