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Councils to track usage of money provided by development partners to NGOs

Written by  Zenak Matekenya

Mzimba, August 31, 2018: Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) has urged District Councils to be tracking usage of money provided by donors and development partners to the country’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

Speaking in an interview Thursday, Cisanet Programs Director, Alfred Kambwiri said local authorities have the mandate to be tracking the usage of the money the NGOs get. He said this would enhance transparency and accountability to the people the NGOs serve.

“District councils should not just sit back and complain about abuse of development money by some NGOs, they should start tracking the usage of the money to ensure implementation of remarkable development investments in the districts,” said Kambwiri.  

His remarks come after complaints by some sectors that there is alleged high abuse of resources in the NGO sector.

Noting that NGOs operate in districts after being accepted to do so by the councils, and that they (NGOs) implement projects through and on behalf of the councils, Kambwiri said there was need for the local councils to track use of the donor money by the NGOs to enhance accountability and transparency among them.

NGOs Board Programs Officer, Kamwana Muyaya in April 2018 said NGOs spent K11 billion in Mzimba, an amount which he said did not reflect on development activities on the ground.

Early August this year, Mzimba District Commissioner, Thomas Chirwa advised Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and NGOs operating in the district to be accountable and transparent in their operations to gain public trust.

Chirwa said much as some CSOs have keen interest in tracking usage of public funds by government sectors, they too need to account for the donor and development partners’ funds.

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