Group Village Head Chitekwe of Malembo, in Mangochi has asked politicians and other organisations to stop giving his people handouts. Instead, Chitekwe has recommended the need to initiate projects that benefit the community.
He said, as a traditional leader, he was surprised that a lot of politicians in the country were busy appeasing chiefs in order to get more votes during elections, a practice which he said was disadvantaging a lot of people that need development.
“We are suffering today because our leaders have chosen to feed us with handouts instead of development. There is a belief that if you assist a chief, you will get a lot of votes during elections, this is not true. We need leaders who will respond to the need of the community, and not those that respond to the need of chiefs or other individuals,” Chitekwe said.
Chitekwe, who was speaking when ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials held a development rally at Malembo Trading Centre, said his area today is facing serious challenges in the areas of water and road network because of leaders who are fond of giving handouts to people.
Speaking at the same meeting, which was also attended by some (DPP) Democratic Progressive Party regional members, Traditional Authority Nankumba concurred with Chitekwe by saying that there is a need to find a way of making sure that both politicians and local people are aware that handouts are derailing development, hence they should be discouraged.
Member of Parliament for Mangochi West, Geoffrey Chiwondo (DPP), expressed happiness with the chiefs’ stand of denouncing handouts.
He said as a party, DPP has always wanted people in the country to benefit from various development funds which Parliament allocates to every constituency.
“And it is now pleasing to note that people are now developing an interest to see that their areas are developing from finances allocated by National Assembly,” Chiwondo said.
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