People of Bayani in the area of Traditional Authority Mpando have expressed fear that if Ntcheu District Council continues to sideline them, the area will continue being denied a right to development.
The concern was expressed recently by Group Village Head (GVH) Bayani during a community development meeting which was also attended by Ntcheu District Commissioner, Harry Phiri and heads of government departments.
“We feel we have been sidelined for so long and it is high time that the council started recognizing us as part and parcel of Ntcheu District Council,” GVH Bayani said.
The Group Village Head said among other things, the area which is almost 90 Kilometers from Ntcheu Boma does not have a health facility adding their nearest health facilities are those belonging to Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and that most people cannot afford to pay for services there.
“We have seen people dying on their way to Ntcheu District Hospital but the council has never thought of [any] intervention to reduce such incidences,” she said.
She said people in the area have not been benefiting from Public Works Program for unknown reasons and appealed to the councilor of the area to present such anomalies during full council meetings.
“Our feeder roads are not in good condition as such we face a lot of challenges to take our agricultural produce to markets,” she said.
The village leader however said people in the area were happy to be visited by a district commissioner, saying Phiri was the first district commissioner to visit the area since time in memorial.
In his remarks, Harry Phiri said he empathized with the people, saying distance from the Ntcheu Boma should not be an excuse for the council not to consider them in development activities.
Phiri assured the people that his office would do everything possible to ensure that government extension workers are deployed to the area with the aim of facilitating interventions to some of the challenges facing the area.
Source: Malawi News Agency