Authorities in Mazabuka fight over disbursement of CDF
Chikankata Member of Parliament, Munji Habeenzu has called on the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to dispatch auditors to Mazabuka Municipal Council to investigate how the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was being disbursed to beneficiary communities.
And Mr. Habeenzu has urged government not to release more CDF funds to Mazabuka Municipal Council until investigations are completed.
He told ZANIS in Mazabuka today that they are strong suspicions that the money could have been diverted or misappropriated hence the failure to disburse it to the intended beneficiary communities.
Mr. Habeenzu cited the K 25 million cheque approved last year for the completion of repair works for the controversial Malabo Police Post in Chikankata which has not been made available.
He charged that Town Clerk, Ekan Chingangu has been playing hide and seek games over the matter despite the CDF Committee meeting all the set conditions.
Mr. Habeenzu said since the project was approved last, nothing has been done while the security situation in the area has continued to deteriorate.
The lawmaker said crime in Chikankata and other surrounding areas was on the upswing because of the absence of Police as people are free to commit offences such as murder, assault and sexual offences due to the absence of the Police.
And Mr Habeenzu has cautioned Mr. Chingangu to stop protecting what he termed as incompetent Chief Officers at the council to avoid problems with councilors.
” Imagine Chingangu who does not sit in the establishment committee forced his way just to protect a named Chief officer whom councilors wanted to discipline, we shall dig deeper and find out why,” said Mr. Habeenzu
But Mr. Chingangu said there is nothing suspicious about the manner in which CDF is being disbursed.
Mr. Chingangu said the council will not use short cuts in the disbursement of funds but follow the guidelines.
He has since advised the lawmaker to desist from personalizing issues.