Ntchisi North MP, Boniface Kadzamira, was on Friday shocked after his motion to force government to increase District Development Fund (DDF) was defeated.
“This country will never develop if we have such attitude,” Kadzamira said in an interview outside Parliament.
Most members of Parliament who spoke on the motion expressed concern that council staff abuse DDF, therefore, there was no need to increase the fund.
Zomba Central MP Nangozo Patricia Kainga said Zomba City Council officials abuse public money, including the DDF.
“This means we will increase the money so that the few people who steal should steal more,” she said.
However, in the motion, Kadzamira said after the motion was adopted, the appropriate legislative framework should be put in place to facilitate the new funding requirements.
In the motion, Kadzamira said he was concerned about disparities in the distribution of national projects since independence in 1964 and the motion wanted to enhance the principle of ensuring public expenditure which promotes equitable development while at the same time addresses the needs of the marginalised areas and citizens.
He said local councils are a level of government closest to the people and for 53 years, leaders have failed to use them as agents of central government to serve the local community by adapting the main lines of policy to local conditions and needs.
“This is simply because we have refused to put into practice decentralisation and devolution which were the main objectives in creating local government authorities. Unfortunately, most of these objectives are assumed to be beneficial in theory,” he said.
He said councils are unable to implement most of social responsibilities and functions because of erratic funds from Treasury.
“This is evidenced by numerous questions we constantly raise in here to ministers on borehole drilling and maintenance bridges, unclassified roads, classroom blocks and teachers houses as well as maintenance works to institutions,” he said.
However, his speech did not move his colleagues in the chamber who rejected the motion outrightly.
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