Mchinji: Government has said the embattled K4billion kwacha which parliament approved has been disbursed to district councils to run community socio-economic projects.
Deputy Director for Planning and Policy in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Walusungu Kaira said for the first time government of Malawi will start pushing resources to communities and that it believes this will help address short term needs for the communities.
Kaira made the sentiments during a full council meeting held on Friday in Mchinji which brought together Members of Parliament, ward councillors, chiefs and district executive committee members aimed at discussing community socio-economic projects which government of Malawi is implementing.
For so long government hasn’t done much in empowering communities directly with financial resources so that they identify projects and own them through ADCs and VDCs, so we believe this program will help communities implement micro-projects in helping to address short term needs, he said.
It is expected that every constituency in the country will get over K20Million and that communities at Area Development Committee (ADC) shall be required to open a bank account where funds meant for the projects implementation will be deposited.
Among others the disbursement of K4billion to councils will help improve the welfare of poor communities by increasing the availability, access and use of quality economic infrastructures.
Meanwhile Traditional Authority Zulu alluded to the fact that the program would help deepen the decentralisation process by ensuring that communities are provided with funds that are wholly controlled at community level.
This is good to us because the communities at grass root level will have a say on what to be implemented in that community. This will really help to address some of the challenges which communities face, he said.
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development’s guidelines have shown that the program will mainstream issues of gender, HIV and Aids, disability and environment and the projects are expected to be completed within 40 weeks.
According to Mchinji District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha the council will on Monday next week be briefing Area Development Committees on how community managed socio-economic project will be implemented in the district.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA