Daudi gives hope on GESD funding

Blantyre, September 29, Mana: Deputy Minister of Local Government, Halima Daudi will soon meet relevant authorities to ensure that four councils that missed out World Bank funded Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) Performance Based Grants (PBGs) are considered.

Nkhotakota, Mchinji, Thyolo and Blantyre Districts were the only councils out of the 28 districts that missed out on a total of MK4.9 Billion from World Bank after failing to meet minimum access conditions.

Daudi made the remaarks when she visited various projects under Blantyre District Council where she expressed satisfaction and emphasized the need for the council to keep on pushing harder to ensure excellent service delivery.

She said Blantyre District Council performed very well in the previous years on various assessments and this time around they were just unlucky.

“Let me stress that Blantyre District Council is one of the hardworking councils we have in Malawi and the memories are still fresh when you managed to be position one in the 2018/2019 performance assessment and positions eight in the 2019/2020 financial year and this is no mean achievement.

“On GESD project, my ministry is aware that there are issues you need to settle with the National Audit Office and let me assure you that Blantyre’s case is unique and is currently being reviewed,” said Daudi.

The minister (in the middle) interacts with council officials at Mudi CDSS newly constructed girls’ hostels.

The deputy minister also urged the council to prepare very well for the next coming Local Authority Performance Assessment (LAPA) scheduled for October to gain back its lost glory.

On his part, Blantyre District Commissioner, Bennet Nkasala described the deputy minister’s visit as an opportunity to showcase what the district was doing in ensuring that people on the grass root are effectively and efficiently served, citing the construction of a girls’ hostel at Mudi CDSS as one of such.

Said Nkasala; “We realized that girls from this area were covering long distances to come and attend their studies. That is why we constructed the girls’ hostel so that they are able to lodge within the premises and at the end of the day ease their accommodation”.

Daudi toured Chadzunda Market which is under construction in Traditional Authority (TA) Somba with funding from District Development Fund, solar pump water project at Chikondi Children’s Corner funded by Unicef, Mudi girls’ hostel in TA Makata and Maoni teacher houses which are both being implemented through District Development Fund (DDF).Mana

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