Residents of Likoma Island have taken Likoma District Council to task over unfinished projects.
The residents allege that the council failed to complete various projects, including health facilities, district council offices, jetty and roads.
Speaking at a meeting organised by Find Your Feet (FYF) and Church and Society Programme (CSP) of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod, area development committee chairperson Martin Mukhwamba asked the council to provide information on why the projects stalled and when they will be completed.
“It is surprising that we continue to suffer, but the council is not providing information on the delay,” he said.
In his response, Likoma District Council director of planning and development Wydrine Sonjo said the delay was due to factors beyond their control.
“For the mortuary, the remaining part is installation of refrigerator. As for the council offices and jetty, we are waiting for additional funding,” said Sonjo.
CSP deputy director Jacob Nkambule said it is sad that authorities are not providing information to communities who are the owners of the projects.
“We empower local structures to actively monitor and track public resources. It is good that communities in Likoma are doing that,” he said. FYF and CSP are implementing a participatory and inclusive development project in Traditional Authority Mkumpha in the district with support from Tilitonse Foundation.