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Mzuzu CCJP in Expenditure Tracking in Nkhata Bay District

Written by  Salome Gangire


Mzuzu, September 14: Mzuzu Diocese Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) says building the capacity of relevant local structures is the only empowerment so that they are able to track and monitor the management of resources at council level.

Diocesan Secretary for CCJP Mzuzu, Alnord Msimuko, said this during a briefing of members of Nyika Media Club on Monday about a project dubbed strengthened Citizen Participation for Accountability of Development Resources and Results Project.

The project is being implemented in Nkhata Bay to empower citizens and civil society organizations so that they are able to track development resources which Msimuko said are currently mismanaged at different levels.

“We have got structures like VDCs [Village Development Committees] and ADCs [Area Development Committees] at council level, but they are not fully operational because of lack of capacity building by those in authority,” he said.

Msimuko said it is against this background that CCJP, with funding from Tilitonse, is implementing the project to the tune of MK74.5 million.

The project aims at empowering citizens so that they are able to closely examine the utilization of resources which are meant for development projects.

The CCJP Diocesan secretary observed that citizens have not been aggressive in tracking down the management of resources for effective service delivery because they are not empowered.

With the project, it is hoped that citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs) would be able to voice and take action to influence councils to become inclusive, responsive, transparent and accountable on the utilization of development resources.

According to Msimuko, expenditure tracking empowers citizens and development structures to monitor implementation of projects and representatives’ decisions on the use of resources and service delivery within their district.
      “Wherever we have LDF [Local Development Fund] and CDF [Constituency Development Fund], we want citizens to be part of decision making, for instance, in terms of planning, implementation and monitoring.
       “This is the only way we could help develop Malawi because currently, the system is so closed up with full councils that are not fully involved in monetary management issues,” he said.
       The project started in March, 2016 in Nkhata Bay in five traditional authorities of Mbwana, Kabunduli, Timbiri, Mkumbira and Zirakoma and will run for 15 months.


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