Underfunding delaying completion of DDF projects in Dedza

Dedza: Under-funding and sub -standard work by contractors is said to have been delaying the completion of District Development Fund (DDF) projects in Dedza.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency after supervision of various projects under DDF by the council’s service committees, Chairperson of Public Works Committee, Auxious Chidovu said the council would need another funding to complete the projects.

The projects that are not completed include Dedza district hospital mortuary, Tsoyo maternity wing, Chimkombero maternity wing, Magomero health centre, Bema health centre, Katewe Community Day Secondary School girl’s hostel, Mayani market, Mkumbuka school block and Chilunguzi bridge, Chidovu said.

The problem has been that in 2016 to 2017 the council was supposed to receive MK234 million but we received about MK184 million and in 2017 to 2018 we received K110 million instead of MK231 million. This has been a challenge as part of the money received in 2017 to 2018 financial year was used to fund projects of 2016 to 2017 financial year, he added.

Chidovu said that it is worrisome to note that some of the projects are sub-standard as some contractors have failed to perform to the expected standards of the council.

Speaking in a separate interview, Chairperson of the District Development Committee, Moses Chibweza said the council would blacklist all the contactors who have failed to perform to the expected standards since they have misused the council’s funds.

He therefore said that they will work with only contractors who have performed well.

We can also admit that there was inadequate monitoring and supervision of the projects by the council because frequent monitoring and supervision of the projects could have helped improve the standard of work of the projects, he said.

In his remarks Chairperson of Finance Committee, Raiden Sekerani said the committee will lobby with the full council so that the 2018 to 2019 funding should be used in completing these uncompleted projects.

Currently, the council is working on the figures to establish the amount of money the council will need to complete the uncompleted projects.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA