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Corruption affects development in Karonga

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People of Karonga Central Constituency have said corruption at Karonga District Council has negatively impacted development, especially in Lupembe Ward.

The issue came to light during a public debate organised by Lupembe Area Development Committee (ADC) on Wednesday following delays in completion of a number of projects.

The projects include a head teacher’s house, a market at Mlare and a maternity wing, and communities suspect that funds were embezzled by authorities.

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Senior Village Headman WaterField Kayuni said the council commenced the project without consulting him and his subjects on their plans.

“The council did not call me or the ADC to the council meeting to tell me about construction of the house and I was just shocked to see people working on the project in my village. I did not even know the amount of money involved,” he said.

Foundation for Community Support Services Executive Director, Kossam Munthali, said in his remarks that there is a likelihood that the money was corruptly spent.

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“There is corruption in the way the funds have been managed on the house. It is said that K16 million has been spent on the project but the project is not yet over. The community will continue to suffer as they do not have enough resources for education while those benefiting from the projects are sending their children outside the country to access quality education,” Munthali said.

Karonga District Council Financial Committee Chairperson, Patrick Kishombe, said there were some gaps in the implementation of the project.

“There was a communication gap on the project because, when the project was approved by the council, the councillor should have informed the community. So, in this case, when the secretariat brought the contractor without informing the people, it was like they were ambushing the people,” he said.

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