Mzuzu City member of Parliament (MP) Leonard Njikho has embarked on a post-budget sensitisation campaign to alert the electorate on what the city should expect from the current budget.
The MP, who contested on an independent ticket and later joined Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is fulfilling his obligation of giving feedback to communities after being entrusted to represent them in Parliament.
A number of MPs have been criticised for not relaying to the electorate issues discussed in Parliament and for not associating with voters after winning.
Among the allocations in the budget that Njikho is boasting of are the K1.4 billion ($2.8 million) for roads, compensation for people at Choma, Local Development Fund(LDF) and the annual allocation to Mzuzu City Council.
Said Njikho: “There are a number of allocations to Mzuzu in the current budget. For the first time, Mzuzu has been allocated K1.4 billion for construction of tarmac roads. This is a very commendable development.
“The President also assured me there will be an allocation for tarmac roads in Mzuzu every year, so by the end of five years, Mzuzu will have good roads.”
Njikho said Mzuzu will benefit a lot from government projects as a result of his joining DPP. He said as a member of the governing party, he is at liberty to call any Cabinet minister and request for Mzuzu to be considered for government projects.
DPP regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga said MPs who are in opposition should not expect an easy ride requesting for development projects from government.
He said MPs in government will be prioritised to benefit from government projects, saying by nature, leaders consider their followers before extending to others.