Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) has said the general public should regularly track and monitor projects to curb abuses and plunder of public funds.
Speaking during a meeting organised by EAM to encourage communities to track and monitor projects in Ntcheu last week, Lower Ganya Local Advocacy Network (LAN) chair, Frank Mandala warned that the country will remain under-developed if communities continue showing no interest in projects.
“Communities’ ignorance on how projects are implemented result in abuse of development funds by duty-bearers,” he said.
Mandala said Constituency Development Fund, Local Development Fund and District Development Fund lack transparency and accountability because duty-bearers want to abuse them.
EAM projects officer Alice Chiweza said communities’ vigilance in holding duty-bearers accountable is a sign of a maturing democracy.
“Unmonitored projects end up being sub-standard and uncompleted because public funds are mostly targeted for abuse by duty-bearers,” Chiweza said.
EAM is implementing the project in Nkhotakota, Lilongwe, Mchinji and Ntcheu districts with financial support from a German organisation, Bread for the World.