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CDF funds cause rift in Kazungula District

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Kazungula District Town Council Secretary Given Muleya says the amount of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) that the district receives cannot be evenly distributed to all the 14 wards in the district at once.

Mr. Muleya has for this reason for this reason advised councilors to be realistic whenever they lobby for the funds for specific projects applied for in various wards in the district as the money is not enough to cater for all the projects in the district.

The Council Secretary said this during a full council meeting that was held at the council chambers in Kazungula yesterday.

Mr. Muleya noted that most councilors were in the habit of lobbying for CDF resources to go towards certain projects which required huge sums of moneys to be completed.

He added that he would like to see a situation where resources are allocated to specific projects.

Earlier Mandia ward councilor Milner Simbangu and Kazungula Town Council Vice chairman Elias Siamibia , who is lamented that their wards were not included as beneficiaries for 2017 CDF allocation.

The duo stressed that their wards had a number of unfinished projects that required funding from CDF allocation but wondered why the wards were not given little share to go towards the progression of the projects.

Meanwhile, Kazungula District Town Council has approved a total of over K700 thousand part of 2017 CDF to go toward the construction of four different projects in four different wards in the district.

The proposed projects that were approved include the construction of teachers’ houses, health post, mothers’ shelter and a classroom block.

In his report to the full council meeting, Kazungula District Town Council Secretary Given Muleya disclosed that a total of 69 applications for funding using the 2017 CDF were received out of which the CDF committee had recommended for 9 projects to be approved.

Mr. Muleya explained that the general recommendation were that four projects be approved due to the limited resources while the rest of the projects will be considered in the next allocation of the remaining half.

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