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Story Workshop accused of advocating for removal of ward councillor

Written by  Andrew Mkonda
Zolozolo East Ward Councillor Stafford Khunga (right) with his fellow councillors after Story Worksho meeting - Pic by Andrew Mkonda Zolozolo East Ward Councillor Stafford Khunga (right) with his fellow councillors after Story Worksho meeting - Pic by Andrew Mkonda

Mzuzu, July 16, 2017: Councillor for Zolozolo East Ward which is in Mzuzu City has accused Story Workshop of advocating for his removal by propagating that he has failed to foster development of the ward.

Councillor Stafford Khunga made the accusation Friday during an exit meeting of Story Workshop’s Deepening Democracy Project in Zolozolo and Masasa held at the city council’s chamber.

Khunga said apart from failing to bring development in his ward, he is being accused of embezzling K650, 000 meant for some development projects in the ward.

“They say I embezzled money meant for a development project in my ward which is not true. Councillors do not receive money to develop their wards,” he said.

Khunga said since he was elected in 2014, he has initiated many development projects such as the construction of a health clinic, bridges and school shelters.

“I am just wondering what these people are up to because what they are saying is quite contrary to what is on the ground,” he said.

Khunga alleged that some of the people working closely with Story Workshop in his ward want to tarnish his image because they want to contest as councillors for the ward in 2019 elections.

Commenting on the matter, Story Workshop’s Project Officer, Chifundo Zulu, said their role as an organisation is just to empower citizens to track development and know their roles and responsibilities before they take any action.

“We are not an organisation that advocates for the removal of any duty bearers or campaign for anyone. Our main aim is to foster development. When citizens know that their duty bearers are doing nothing, they have the right to act accordingly,” he said.

Story Workshop has been working in Mzuzu for one and a half year with financial support from Tilitonse Fund.

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