Rumphi District Council says delays in the disbursement of funds under Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and other funding windows have negatively affected the completion of projects in the district.
The council’s chairperson Richard Chibambo said most of the development initiatives they embarked on have not been completed due to the delay in disbursement of CDF.
He was responding to concerns on a stalled school block at Luchezi Primary School financed through CDF.
Chirambo said government has not been releasing resources on time, a situation which has affected several projects.
“We were supposed to complete this school block in 2018/19 fiscal year, but we received the funding late towards the May 21 polls and nothing could have been done in the absence of a sitting member of Parliament and a councillor.
“But the good thing is that we received the funding. Our duty now is to ensure that outstanding projects are completed,” he said.
Luchezi Primary School headteacher Grace Msiska said inadequate school blocks leads to congestion of learners. She said the school has about 250 learners against a single classroom block and grass-thatched structures. She appealed to individuals and organisations to support the school.