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Joyce Banda’s maternity wing project irks community

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Some concerned community members and a grouping of society organisations based in Mangochi have asked government to explain why it is failing to start a maternity wing project whose foundation stone was laid by former president Joyce Banda in 2013 at Cape Maclear.

In September 2013, Banda promised the people of Cape Maclear and Msaka area that government would construct the maternity wing to help a population of about 32,000 people who seek medical attention at Monkey Bay Community Hospital which is situated over 20 kilometers from the two areas.

At that time Banda said funds were available and she assured that construction of the wing would start in three weeks time.

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But over two years after laying a foundation stone, the project is yet to take off, a thing which has irked the local communities.

Speaking during an interface organised by Mangochi Civil Society network, group village head Chimphamba wondered why there is no continuation of government projects whenever there is a change in governments.

“We believe that the president followed all the procedures before coming here to lay a foundation stone and announce that she would construct a maternity wing for us. We wonder why the project is not being implemented during the current administration,” said Chimphamba.

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Chimphamba said they are still waiting for the project to materialize.

Chairperson for Civil Society Network in Mangochi, Christopher Kandionamaso, said as CSOs they were equally concerned about government’s silence in materializing the project two months after the then president said funds were available.

“However, we will start probing as to where the funds might have gone because at the moment, out partial findings show that there is no any record of the project at the district level meaning that the issues was started by officials at the Capital Hill,” said Kandionamaso.

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