Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Thyolo have asked government to institute investigations into what happened to funds meant for construction of the Thyolo-Thekerani Road.
The concerned organisations include Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust, Thyolo Active Youth Organisation (Tayo), Peoples Land Organisation (PLO) and Centre for Youth Development and Transformation (CYDT).
Speaking last week during an interactive meeting with presidential adviser on NGOs and CSOs Mavuto Bamusi last week, Thyolo Nice district civic education officer Moses Kaunda wondered why construction of the road is not taking off even after three previous administrations had announced identification of funds.
“Surprisingly, nothing has happened beyond announcement of the identification of funds. Now, did government really identify the funds and where are these funds? When will construction start or are politicians deliberately delaying it so that they can perpetually be using the road as a campaign tool as we go towards elections?” he wondered.
Thyolo CCJP district coordinator Blessings Makwinja said his organisation had serious doubts about the availability of the funds and believed all the three administrations were lying about the identification of the funds.
Bamusi assured the CSO leaders that he will present their concerns to President Peter Mutharika. n