Karonga residents have to wait a little longer before the reconstruction of the district council offices that angry anti-Jane Ansah protesters torched four months ago during demonstrations Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) organised to force her to resign.
According to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, there are no plans to reconstruct the council’s building soon.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, the ministry’s spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho said funds for the project are yet to be identified.
“As a ministry, we do not have funds. Karonga District Council should have those plans in place,” she said.
However, Karonga district director of administration Martin Mkandawire said his office does not have resources to construct a new office building.
“Of course services delivery has been affected. We lost records for evidence and accountability, money for deceased estates, the council’s seal and history.
“We therefore, ask stakeholders to bail us out if we are to restore our services,” he said.
In a separate interview, Alinafe Malinga from Mwanyesha Village in Paramount Chief Kyungu said the situation is not good as people are struggling to get services they used to get under one roof. “I came to have my passport forms stamped but I had to wander from one building to the other. This is time consuming and boring,” he said.