Communities in Mzimba North have taken to task their current and former legislators for unfulfilled development projects.
People of Katope, Traditional Authority (T/A) Jalavikuba in the district expressed concern over failure by their current member of Parliament(MP) Agnes Nyalonje and her predecessor Goodall Gondwe to implement certain projects in the area.
The communities raised the concern during a meeting between Mzuzu Diocese Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (Cadecom) and Mzimba North communities to discuss the community’s development aspirations.
During the meeting, village head Matomora Chirwa said among others, Nyalonje promised to construct a health centre while Gondwe pledged a multipurpose dam.
“We need an explanation from the two MPs on the promised projects. We feel this is the right time to remind them about the projects,” said the chief.
In her response, Nyalonje said she has been in touch with government on the issue.
“It is true that the area needs a health centre. I have made several requests to government to provide us with a clinic, but nothing is happening,” she said.
On his part, Gondwe admitted promising the multipurpose dam when he was the MP for the area but said he is no longer responsible since he is not a legislator.
Meanwhile, the communities have drafted a petition to be delivered to the district commissioner (DC) on the matter.
The meeting was part of the five years A+ Livelihood Improvement Programme activity seeking to promote community participation in governance.n