Dust is refusing to settle in Karonga Central constituency over development issues, where the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Leonard Mwalwanda has proposed to dissolve the current Village Development Committees(VDCs) and Area Development Committees(ADCs).
Speaking in an interview with FCM TV online today Wednesday, the newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Malawi Congress Party(MCP) said as leaders, they need loyal and trustworthy people to work with if they are to achieve any development in the constituency.
“One cannot feel comfortable to work with people he or she feels are not loyal, incompetent and untrustworthy,” Mwalwanda said.
According to Mwalwanda, some members in these committees are untrustworthy and therefore, they might frustrate his development agendas.
Mwalwanda’s call comes amid alleged misappropriation of cement that the MP donated to Lughali in the constituency as part of wooing voters during the campaign period in the by-elections last November, 2020.
On the other hand, Councillor for Lupembe ward, Vincent Kayuni, says the MP and Councillors are just mere members in the ADC and they have no any mandate to influence people to dissolve the committees.
Kayuni said: “VDC and ADC are government structures at local level and they are democratically chosen by people themselves. I the Councillor and the MP we dont have the power to dictate on ADC and VDC.
“We must not politicise these committes.”
On his part, civic education officer for the National Initiative education trust for Karonga Christobel Munthali, concurs with the remarks uttered by Councillor Kayuni saying that the MP and Councillor have no any legal mandate to dissolve the VDCs and ADCs.
“Its the duty of Government through the DCs office to preside over elections of local development committees. These committees are chosen by the grassroots and members chosen are supposed to serve for 5 years as required by law.
“If the MP has other issues concerning these committees, let him consult the DCs office,” Munthali said.