CCJP Moves in to Check Financial Management in Local Councils

Chiusiwa Chiusiwa - pic by Steve Zimba

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace says continued abuse of public resources in local councils is due to shunning residents from participating in financial management activities like tendering of big projects.

Commission’s National Governance Programmes Coordinator George Chiusiwa says if the trend continues there will be more damage to public resources that would, in turn, affect service delivery.

“The commission would like to ensure that citizen participation is enhanced in local councils for sound financial management, transparency and accountability,” said Chiusiwa.

There have been increased cases of financial mismanagement in country's local councils a development that affects service delivery.

Meanwhile, the Commission is sensitizing Councilors and members of Mzuzu City Council Secretariat on issues to do with Transparency and Accountability.

Said Chiusiwa: ``CCJP has moved in to ensure that councils utilize their resources effectively through engaging citizens who should act as watchdogs.”

In an interview with Mzuzu City Council Spokesperson Macdonald Gondwe says it might be reaching out to residents in various wards on how they can participate in affairs of the council.

“Mzuzu City Council has done well in engaging residents of the city but we think we can improve by reaching out to them in their wards. Residents have a right to know what their city is doing,” noted Gondwe,” he said.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace is implementing Citizen Engagement and Enhanced Accountability in the local council’s project.

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