Government has warned councils against the abuse of resources, saying the malpractice is hindering development.
The caution comes against the background that some council officials are using resources for their own benefits instead of the common good of poor Malawians.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, sounded the warning on Friday when the Department of Local Development Fund handed over 17 Land Cruisers to district councils in the country.
Nankhumwa said councils have been facing problems to implement and monitor projects due to mobility challenge hence the reason to distribute the vehicles.
However, Nankhumwa made it clear that government is aware that there are officials in the councils who abuse resources for their own benefits instead of pushing developments that can improve the livelihoods of Malawians.
“The councils must take good care of the vehicles because as you can see they are new, hence as government we expect them to have a long lifespan. We know there are other irresponsible officials who take advantage of government resources to benefit themselves, and for that reason we will be monitoring to ensure they are put to its intended use,” Nankhumwa said.
Mayor for Blantyre City, Noel Chalamanda, also emphasised the need for transparency and accountability when using the resources.
The mayor urged councils to instill integrity and attitudinal change among their staff to serve the communities with diligence, saying the resources are meant to cushion the poor.
“These vehicles are here for one purpose which is to monitor implementation of projects under the LDF. We do not wish to see them being used as ambulances or other activities that are contrary to that so everybody will be sensitized to the proper usage,” stated Chalamanda.
Machinga District Commissioners, Reinghard Chavula, pledged to take good care of the vehicle.
She says mobility has been a challenge since her district is big but the donation will help their council to monitor projects with ease.
The 35 vehicles have been purchased by LDF from Toyota Malawi at the value of K1.8 billion
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