Story by: Lloyd Chitsulo, The Nation Newspaper Staff Reporter
Story Published on: 26th July, 2017 edition of the Nation
Reports on Public Expenditure Tracking (PET) in District Development Fund (DDF), Local Development Fund (LDF) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has exposed anomalies in the use of the funds in the financial year ending 2016/17.
The PET process was done by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP in Lilongwe, Karonga and Blantyre) and Development Communications Trust (DCT) under Oxfam with funding from Tilitonse Fund in Karonga, Dowa and Phalombe district councils.
The analysis initially scrutinized the budget and what was disbursed to the councils. It also looked at how the resources were used and the quality of usage on the ground.
The reports further indicate that there was strong politicization of projects in different areas while at the same time projects are being implemented directly without community involvement.
Reads in part the reports: “It is for this reason that communities are in the dark regarding funding and project implementation modalities.” The reports further show that in some projects, there is no reflection of the reality that is on the ground in terms of funding.
According to the reports, some projects delay because of lack of political will among the members of Parliament (MPs) and lack of capacity of the project implementation committees.
The reports come barely a week after Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe told the National Assembly that about K80 million was missing from the K3 billion allocate to 16 districts under CDF and DDF.
The minister said a systematic audit carried out in 16 district councils found that mismanagement of funds in CDF and DDF had occurred and millions of Kwacha did not go into development projects as planned.