K200m CDF Lies Idle in Chavuma, Projects Suffer
About K200 million 2007 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Chavuma district in Northwestern province is still lying idle in the bank.
Chavuma District Commissioner, Frobisher Fulayi, and Council Secretary Bryson Kanchingu confirmed the development to North western Province minister Kenneth Chipungu when he visited the district recently.
Mr. Fulayi said CDF for Chavuma has not yet been utilised because the ministry of Local Government and Housing has not yet approved the committee to administer the funds.
He said applications for projects from various groups have received and approved but authorities could not release the CDF because of the delay in approving of committee members.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fulayi disclosed that 21 schools and several teachers’ houses that were made out of mud and pole structures in Chavuma district collapsed during heavy rains this season.
And Mr. Chipungu said it was unfortunate that the CDF for last year for Chavuma has remained unutilised when there were many projects that required funding in the area.
Mr. Chipungu said there was no need to politicise the CDF because it was meant for development and uplifting living standard of people in a particular constituency.