As a road map and strategic document to meaningful development, citizens from Luchenza Municipal Council launched a Citizen Charter on health and education, recently.
The charter has identified key challenges faced by people of Luchenza in the areas of health and education, and agreed possible solutions by providing strategies to tackle them.
Speaking during the official launch and signing of the strategic document, Pan African Civic Education Network (Pacenet) board chairperson Anthony Kasunda described the charter as an operation base for development for Luchenza citizens.
“People of Luchenza look up to nobody other than themselves to fight for improved service delivery, especially in the sectors of health and education. Therefore, this charter serves as their tool and operation base for development,” he said.
The entire process took a consultative-based approach under the umbrella of promotion of transparency and accountability in the delivery of social services in the municipality of Luchenza, according to Pacenet’s project officer Patricia Njatula.
Lack of district education and hospital offices are major challenges highlighted in the charter.
Luchenza Municipal Council Mayor Harold Kaliwo said the municipality does not have an education or health office that is integral to planning and monitoring of work. He wondered how long citizens of Luchenza will be at the receiving end of peace-mill development from Thyolo and Mulanje.
The development of the charter was made possible with financial and technical support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI). NDI country director Sandy Quimbay hailed Luchenza Municipal Council citizens for participating in the formulation of the charter. n