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Accountability key to CDF—Specialist

A Local Government specialist says accountability, transparency and efficiency would be attained in the implementation of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Projects if all concerned stakeholders could work closely.

Robert Tauka made the remarks recently in Rumphi after a two-day capacity building sensitisation seminar where participants were drilled on ways to detect and tackle corruption in development projects.

Tauka was a facilitator at this workshop which drew traditional chiefs, ward counsellors, council staff and interest groups.

Workshop participants bemoaned the management of CDF funded projects arguing that they lack transparency and accountability.

It was observed that there is lack of transparency in the implementation of CDF funded projects because most MPs use their own structures though they are supposed to work with councillors and grassroots development structures.

He observed that the fund was created by MPs and it might be tricky for them (MPs) to allow councillors especially from other parties to be involved.

He called for a change of mindset in politicising development issues.

Commenting on the workshop, Mwazisi- Hewe Ward Councillor, Elijah Khunga, said the seminar was crucial as it has enlightened them on their role towards having quality development projects.

“This seminar was very significant because it equipped us with relevant knowledge. We hope as a council from now we will be more vibrant to ensure that the resources used in development project achieve their intended purpose,” said Khunga.

Paramount Chief, Chikulamayembe agreed with Khunga’s observations but appealed for a close collaboration from all stakeholders to attain sustainable development.

“What has been done today will assist us in the future that there will be a lot of efficiency in the implementation of all development projects,” he said— Mana

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