Constituents Fault Constituency Redemarcation Exercise
Some constituents say the ward and constituency re-demarcation exercise has left them neglected, as their parliamentarians are allegedly busy campaigning in the new areas.
Traditional Authority Kachenga of Balaka whose jurisdiction constitutes Balaka North constituency for example, says their MP Anthony Ngalande has neglected them and is concentrating on a newly established Balaka central.
TA Kachenga alongside her area development committee and group village heads, told Zodiak Online that they have already engaged civil society organisations network in Balaka to intervene.
"The MP has already neglected us and worse still, he is using some of our resources like the constituency development fund to advance his campaign in the areas of the new Balaka central constituency where he says is eyeing come 2025," alleged TA Kachenga.
But parliamentarian for Balaka north Anthony Ngalande says this is a political move fueled by Balaka CSO Chairperson who has expressed interest to contest as MP for the Balaka north in 2025.
Ngalande said:-" The current Balaka CSO Chairperson has expressed interest to contest for Balaka North constituency and this is all politically connected. We have already written the district council and the CSO network to elect a new Chairperson as the current one is compromised."
He said he has several projects in traditional authority Kachenga currently underway to prove that he has not neglected them, and if a need to shift arise, he will nobly bid farewell.
However, chairperson for Governance thematic group for Balaka CSO Duncan Mapwesera says they will intervene as a network to ensure that there is no compromise on development and rule of law.
Mapwesera added:- "We will also put our house as a network in order to ensure that we maintain the trust both the people and the elected leadership have in us."
Civic education officer for National initiative for civic education (NICE) trust Henry Zachariah says a his office has likewise received several complaints about parliamentarians neglecting some constituents after the re- demarcation of constituents.
Published in: News In Southern Region
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