CfSC Blames Unaccountability and Politicizing Projects for Hindering Development

Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) says inability by the government departments to be transparent on public finances and politicizing of projects have derailed most developments that could have changed the country’s face.

Programs officer responsible for economic governance at the organization, Bernard Mphepo, said most public offices are not accountable and some important projects like water and road developments are heavily politicized while people are suffering to access the same.

Mphepo was responding to challenges people in areas of Traditional Authority Bwananyambi and Masanje in Mangochi district where CfSC is implementing an accountability project are facing after they separately engaged authorities from the district council on challenges of access to potable water and road network respectively.

Mphepo said due to unaccountability people get substandard projects and Politicizing projects have made deserving communities not to receive their development as priorities are political favorites.

Tired of waiting from authorities on rehabilitation of the Malombe -Masanje road, communities engaged the council to get answers, saying they have been writing them without tangible answers, according to Chiunda Areas Development Committee Chairperson, Suzen Yohane.

The engagement came a day after communities from Traditional Authority Bwananyambi also engaged the authorities in the district to explain why the area seems have been neglected

According to Group Village headman Chikamba from Bwananyambi area which borders Mozambique there are no boreholes in Mangochi south Constituency, priority for boreholes has been in the areas near the tarmac road, forcing them to drink from unsafe sources.

Water Supervisor for the district, Hassan Maluwa, said his office is aware of the challenges people in the area are facing, but due to financial constraints his office cannot manage to contain the situation at once.

Recently, Member of Parliament for Mangochi South constituency, Lilian Patel, admitted that her area is too big to be accommodated by a borehole fund given to a parliamentarian and asked Minister of Water Abida Mia, who visited the area to appreciate the situation to accommodate them through other projects.

During the visit Mia promised that the government will make sure that people have access to potable water saying the country has so many partners helping in the water sector, but some partners lack direction as a result some areas are completely dry forcing people to drink from unprotected sources.

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