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Something is very wrong with our projects

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FOR a country that is always struggling to have resources, it does not make sense to learn that there are so many projects that are being abandoned while some have become deep holes through which money is lost.

Take, for instance, the Nkopola Irrigation Scheme Project. For sixteen good years money has been allocated to the purported project which today is only some abandoned and rusty pipes. As a country, we should be asking ourselves what is wrong and where the money is going.

What we have noticed is that our planning and integrity as a nation are not up to scratch. A good example is the Karonga Water Scheme that is not being used because it was built without consulting those in the know. When embarking on such grand projects, there is need to plan and consult extensively yet we do not always do that.

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The government has also wasted money on markets that are not being used. It is commendable, of course, that the government built modern markets for vendors in the country. But what the government is failing to do is enforce that all vendors must stop trading in undesignated places. The government has the power to act on this but because everything is politicised, we are having dots of markets that are nothing but expensive empty buildings.

Everybody now believes we are poor. But the truth is that we fail to use the little resources that we have or that we are not honest with our resources. We cannot continue like this and still refer to ourselves as a country.

All we are saying is that the government should start being responsible and operate as a system worth the term government. As citizens, we have the responsibility to question whenever we see some suspicious dealings in projects that  are meant to benefit us all.

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