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Zomba District Council launches DDP

Written by  Evance Chisiano
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Zomba, March 7, 2019: Zomba District Council has launched a K106 billion five years District Development Plan (DDP) which is expected to deal with illiteracy, environmental degradation and other socio-economic challenges between 2017 and 2022.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa launched the document on Friday at Gymkhana Club ground where several devolved sectors under the District Council and development partners displayed their interventions.

He appealed to Zomba District Council to make use of decentralized structures such as Village and Area Development Committees and others to fulfill the DDP.

The Minister said District and Urban Councils need to have development plans to ensure sustainable development.

“Don’t allow these documents to lie on the shelf and gather dust,” Nankhumwa advised, adding, “the Ministry will monitor the implementation of the DDP to ensure participatory and sustainable development.

Zomba District Council Chairperson, Evans Namakoka said the DDP is aligned to Malawi Vision 2020 and the Malawi Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) III which aims at addressing high illiteracy, food and nutrition insecurity, loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation, poor transport and communication infrastructure.

According to the Council, the DDP focuses on high maternal and infant mortality, high poverty levels, high incidents of gender based violence, poor development in semi urban and trading centers, poor access to potable water and improved sanitation, among others.  

Namakoka said the Zomba District Council expects development partners operating in the district to align their interventions to the newly launched DDP.

“Implementation of development interventions outside this plan will, therefore, be highly discouraged,” he said, while appealing to various partners and people in Zomba to support implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Zomba District Council Director of Planning and Development (DPD), Walter Chikuni said the country’s Constitution facilitates the establishment of local authorities and mandates them to formulate and implement development plans.

“Decentralization Policy and the Local Government Act of 1998, calls for formulation of local authority’s development plans that should be bottom up, participatory and people focused,” he stated.

Chikuni said the DDP displays the needs and aspirations of people in the district who were looking forward to improved living standards through various interventions reflected in the five-year plan.  

Local Government Accountability Performance (LGAP) representative, Wilson Khamula commended the Council for its commitment during the formulation of the five years development plan, saying LGAP noted that the quality of DDPs is improving over the years since Malawi adopted the Decentralization Policy.

“It was pleasing that consultation processes in the DDP formulation considered the voices, aspirations, vision and the wishes of people,” he said.  

Khamula called on development partners and duty bearers to respect the wishes of the people by implementing projects that are reflected in the district plans. He described the document as being people and district centred.

“As LGAP, we’re registering our commitments to support the Government of Malawi and all the local authorities to deepen and propel decentralization forward,” he pledged.

The DDP launch was held under the theme: ‘District development planning: a tool for participatory rural development.’  

LGAP project supported the formulation of the DDP which involved the Village and Area Development Committees in the formulation stages through a series of consultations.

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