Trouble continues brewing for primary school learners in Ntcheu who are learning under trees owing to delayed completion of classroom blocks under the District Development Fund (DDF) projects.
Chairperson for Traditional Authority Kwataine, Area Development Committee, Clement Mwanza blamed project implementers for not being honest on reasons for the delay.
"Government already allocated money to implement the projects but nothing has materialised. Welfare of our learners is at stake," he said adding that lessons are frequently disrupted due to rains as most classes are operating under trees.
He however appealed to authority's to act swiftly on the matter and address the challenges at hand.
While conceding the challenges, Ntcheu District Council Chairperson, Councillor, Jumbe Mambo told Zodiak Online that plans are in pipeline to visit all unfinished projects and later finish them before embarking on new projects under DDF.
"For the year 2019/2020, we have been allocated 110 Million Kwacha for DDF. However, before embarking on new projects, council agreed to visit all outstanding projects under the fund and finish them all," he said.
Meanwhile, Women's Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) Project Officer, Amos Mlotha said incompletion of the projects is infringing right of people who were supposed to benefit if such initiatives were completed.
The year 2018/19, government allocated Ntcheu District 140 Million Kwacha for District Development Fund (DDF).
The money was shared among 14 Wards in the district each pocketing 10 Million Kwacha for implementation of different projects. Most of the projects remain unfinished.
Among stalled projects include classroom blocks at both Gongolo Junior Primary and Chitungu Primary in Ntcheu West Constituency.
Similar projects are in Ntcheu Bwanje South, Ntcheu South, Ntcheu North and Ntcheu North East respectively.