Ntcheu District Council has launched and handed over eight projects to communities to be implemented under Community Managed Socio-Economic Project (Cmsep).
Speaking during official handover of the projects at Tsikulamowa Headquarters in the district on Wednesday, the council’s director of administration Hastings Mlambuzi said Cmsep has empowered communities to take a leading role in identifying development projects to be implemented in their respective areas.
He said through the projects, community members are expected to benefit more since they will have a chance of getting employment.
“We are handing over different projects to community members according to their request. Communities will only contribute 10 percent of materials and the rest will be done by the council,” said Mlambuzi.
Among the projects launched are construction of a health centre, school blocks and bridges. Each constituency will benefit from the projects, according to Mlambuzi.
In a separate interview, Traditional Authority (T/A) Ganya and group village head Nsenjele of sub T/A Tsikulamowa commended government for the projects.
“We used to travel long distances to health services. It was a nightmare when we needed medical attention,” he said.
The council, through Cmsep, seeks to improve living standards of people from the K40 billion fund that was approved by Parliament for nationwide development projects some months ago. n