Some female councillors in the Northern Region have pledged to facilitate development projects in their areas.
In random interviews with councillors from Mzuzu City, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay districts, they said they will work with their members of Parliament (MPs) to spur development projects.
Kavuzi Ward councillor in Nkhata Bay North-West Constituency Patricia Longwe said people should not view women as underperformers.
“So far, we have managed to construct two boreholes in selected areas in my ward with funds from Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and now we are fighting for the construction of school blocks and teachers’ houses at Kawalazi Community Day Secondary School,” she said.
On her part, Mzuzu City’s Chibanja Ward councillor Martha Jere said lack of good roads is the challenge facing people in her ward.
“We need roads because people find it hard to travel during the rainy season. I have already presented the issues to the council,” she said.
Another councillor, Kefasi of Manyamula Ward in Mzimba Solola Constituency, said she wants to improve education in her ward.
“With the MPs support, we have started constructing an administration block at Chanjobvu Primary School and a community-based childhood centre structure at Mulise Village in my ward,” she said.
Mzuzu City has three female councillors while Mzimba and Nkhata Bay have two each. The councillors are being supported by Tovwirane organisation through its Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) project with funds from Hivos.