Mangochi District Council says religious affiliations interfere with its development agenda in terms of attracting wider participation.
Acting Director of Planning and Development for the council Ernest Kadzokoya said recently that some churches stop their members from participating in development projects aimed at improving people’s living standards.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a day-long orientation workshop organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust for councilors and their secretariat.
Kadzokoya noted that the tendency is a retrogressive to development.
“Rural development is complex and multifaceted that requires intergrated approach whereby people must work together. Faith organisations play a pivotal role in development,” he said.
Addressing the coucilors, NICE District Civic Education Education Officer (DCEO) for Mangochi Turner Banda asked them to be vigilant in fighting corruption.