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Constituents criticise MP over CDF projects

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People of Machinga South East have accused their member of parliament, Reverend Wilson Ndomondo, of unilaterally using Constituency Development Fund (CDF) on projects that benefit his Peoples’ Party members only.

However, Ndomondo has dismissed the accusation arguing it is the work of people who do not wish him well because he is a PP member in a UDF stronghold.

Speaking at Chikweo when NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGOGCN) held an issue-advocacy meeting within the Local Governance Socio-Economic Development Project, the constituents recounted their woes which they heaped on their MP.

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Rose Hora of Saiti Village in Traditional Authority Chikweo in the district said women and children are suffering because their MP is not available to spearhead development.

“The project he claims he did was a road in an area where his PP members are and this prompted us to present a petition to the District Assembly in March this year on the conduct of the MP. Up to now, nothing has changed,” Hora said.

Councillor for Chikweo Ward, Evance M’bwana, said the MP prefers working with people that campaigned for him.

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“The MP says he used CDF money to rehabilitate a road yet the people that worked on that road have not been paid to the extent that they removed tyres from his vehicle demanding their pay,” M’bwana said.

Ndomondo who did not attend the meeting said in a telephone interview that some people in the area do not wish him well only because of political differences.

“These people wrote a petition to the speaker against my being sworn in. It is the same people who wanted me arrested but I am an MP and I will do my work and let the councillors do theirs,” Ndomondo said.

NGOGCN monitoring and evaluation officer, Aubrey Chaguzika, said women and girls continue to face different challenges emanating from lack of adequate social services because duty bearers are now playing hide and seek after being ushered into office.

He said the rural population, mostly women, should take part in decision-making especially in identifying, planning, implementing and monitoring of development projects in the communities to ensure their needs are met.

NGOGCN is implementing the project with funding from United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) through National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Machinga, Balaka and Lilongwe

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