People of Jizalemu Village under Traditional Authority (T/A) Njewa in Lilongwe have taken to task Lilongwe City West member of Parliament (MP) Aggrey Masi (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) and Mtsiriza Ward councillor Rodney Nsona over their alleged failure to facilitate development in the area.
Village head Jizalemu, who visited Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Lilongwe Bureau on Wednesday, said the people have since written Masi and Nsona demanding explanations on why the area is not benefitting from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and Local Development Fund (LDF).
He accused the MP and the councillor of not visiting the area to appreciate the challenges people face, including inadequate classroom blocks at Mtsiriza Full Primary School where pupils are reportedly learning under trees.
Said Jizalemu: “Our children are learning under trees as if we are living in some of the remotest parts of the country. We have twice written both the MP and the councillor seeking audience with them over the matter, but they haven’t availed themselves.”
Masi, who is also Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, requested for a questionnaire which he did not respond.
Nsona could not be reached on his mobile number.
However, National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Lilongwe Urban district civic education officer Hajira Ali said his organisation cannot force the MP and the councillor to visit the area as that would be acting outside its mandate. n