Kasungu — Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Godfrey Kamanya has urged other district councils in the country to emulate an example set by Kasungu District Council which has used resources from well-wishers and Other Recurrent Transactions (ORT) to construct a modern office block.
Speaking during the official opening of the office block Kamanya who is also Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Msozi North said all districts councils must not wait for government to come up with projects for their councils.
"Kasungu District Council has set a very good example which all councils must also copy from. They used money they could have used for other things that could not have helped the council. But they had to come up with this activity which will go a long way in improving the operations of the council," said Kamanya.
He added that councils should stop misusing money especially ORT but use it to come up with activities that can contribute to the development of the councils.
"Every district council receives money for ORT, and it's not proper to use the money for activities that can't benefit the council or to steal the money," he said.
Kamanya also hailed district commissioner for Kasungu, Harrison Lende for coming up with such an idea.
The district council has spent about 43 Million Kwacha to construct the modern structure.
The office building was constructed after the district council faced problems of office space.
This was due to a directive that all accounting personnel in other departments like health, agriculture and education should be under the Director of Finance and be housed at the DC's office.
The DC said the council had to forego other activities in order to have the new office.
"We didn't get any loan from any bank or use money from the Local Development Fund (LDF) but we used funds for ORT and money from the business community of Asian origin who are in the district," said Lende.
The DC also said Shayona Cement Company helped a lot by donating bags of cement that were used to make cement blocks.
The opening ceremony which was spiced up by traditional dances was graced by Minister of Defence Ken Kandodo who is also the MP for Kasungu central, Minister of Disability and the Elderly Rachael Kachaje and traditional leaders.
The construction of the office block, which has offices and a conference hall started in 2010.