By Emmanuel Moyo
People in Karonga District can now breathe a sigh of relief as government has successfully designed a US$100 project dabbed Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) to supplement District Development Fund (DDF) for all 28 districts for 5 years.
Confirming the development at a full council meeting conducted at Sumuka lodge, Deputy Minister of Local Development Halima Daud said this is an extra fund for the districts to supplement DDF and urged duty bearers to be responsible.
She said: ?”This is an extra money on top of DDF and the funds we have been given are coming from World Bank.The councils are being told to look after this money, they have to be accountable and transparent. The councils that will do well will be later given more money and the councils that will perform poorly will have less money.?
The councils will be known to have done well through Local Authority Performance Assessment (LAPA).
When asked on how the money will be shared in the councils, Chief Accountant at Ministry of Finance Steve Chimenya said they will consider several factors.
?”DDF will use several factors like population, poverty levels and performance of the councils. Depending on the performance of the councils, the best performers will get more,” Chimenya said.
Chimenya further said this money is special for the planned projects and mismanagement will not be tolerated.
?Any mismanagement of this fund will lead to loss in the next funding to the council.?
Commenting on the development, Member of Parliament (MCP) for Karonga Central Constituency, Leonard Mwalwanda said this money needs to be used well.
?”All what we have been asked is to have financial prudence, this money has to be used in the right way,” Mwalwanda said.
According to senior chief Kilupula, once this project is achieved, it will help Karonga District and he wishes the district to attain 80%.
Karonga District has 10 councillors.