Members of Parliament (MP) for Kasungu West Alex Major (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) has accused his constituents of being passive and unresponsive to development issues.
He was speaking at Linyangwa Health Centre on Saturday during an interface meeting the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust conducted with financial support from Water Aid Malawi.
Major was responding to accusations from his constituents, particularly senior group village head (SGVH) Zumani, that the area has not registered any development since 2014.
Zumani largely blamed the status quo on the legislator whom he said does not visit the area to appreciate the challenges people are facing.
Said the chief: “We are haunted with myriad problems from lack of access to potable water and health facilities. Yet, we do not have someone we can present our issues to.
“We wish you could be visiting us regularly to appreciate and be abreast with what is happening on the ground.”
But in reaction, Major pushed the blame back on the constituents whom he accused of being passive and unresponsive to development matters.
He cited communities that surround Linyangwa Health Centre who are reported to have snubbed calls to contribute towards renovation of the facility.
The roof of the health centre was blown off by hailstorm on December 3 2016.
“Some of us don’t believe in beating drums for ourselves. But there’s a lot I am doing for this area through the councillor for Lifupa Ward Jairos Bonongwe,” said the MP.
Kasungu Nice district civic education officer Gerald Chirwa emphasised the need for the two parties to amicably resolve their differences for the sake of development.
Meanwhile, Evangelical Lutheran Development Service (ELDS) is constructing a modern maternity clinic behind the dilapidated and run-down dispensary complete with solar-powered water facility.
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