Friday, March 23, 2007

Govt only helpful during elections - chief Malama

Govt only helpful during elections - chief Malama
By Christopher Miti in Chipata.
Friday March 23, 2007 [02:00]

Chief Malama of the Kunda people in Mambwe has criticised government for its habit of assisting people only during elections. And chief Malama urged government to engage credible road contractors in the district. In an interview in Chipata, chief Malama said Mambwe district had a lot of problems that needed to be addressed as soon as possible.

“We don’t know what government thinks about us. We are facing a lot of problems in Mambwe but what we see is government coming to us during election period,” chief Malama said. He expressed worry that the people of Mambwe would have a food deficit because most crops had been washed away by floods. Chief Malama said government should use a helicopter to deliver relief food to the people in some areas of the district. “Both roads and bridges have been damaged by the rains, so government should just use a helicopter to deliver the food to the people,” chief Malama said.

He also challenged government to engage credible road contractors.

“The Chinese have already displayed a good job on the Chipata-Mambwe road. so we want such contractors to work on the other roads, because good roads are important in the economic development of the country,” said chief Malama.

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At 4:23 AM , Blogger MrK said...

I guess everyone already knows what I'm going to say. It is local government that is the solution to all these development and governance issues. Make 1/3 to half of national revenues available to local government, and it will have a huge multiplier effect in that they can actually fund selfsustaining projects, like farms, stores, etc. Apart from all the money being spent locally by government employees.


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