The Dowa District Council has approved and adopted the District Development Plan [DDP] 2015-2022 with proposed amendments to priorities of the priority issues to be implemented in the district.
Among the priority issues adopted include: low access to portable water, high illiteracy rate, poor roads network, high levels of environmental degradation, poor sports development and low income levels, among others, to make 14 priority issues.
The meeting also resolved to include low access to energy sources as a priority issue for the district following one member, Dowa North MP, Hon. Enos Chitatanga, who emphasized the need to have the component made a priority.
Speaking during an extra-ordinary full council meeting held at the boma, Dowa District Council’s Chairperson, Councillor Martin Luka Phiri, thanked the members for deliberating each of the prioritized issues with sober mind, saying all the issues were formulated by the communities of the district.
Luka said the previous DDP ran from 2015 -2022 meaning that those projects that were expiring before 2022 are supposed to be extended to the end of 2022 expressing hope that members will work hand in hand to finish all the projects as planned.
He said DPP has a mission to make Dowa district becoming a reliable public provider with a mandate to promote infrastructural and economic development through the formulation, approval and execution of District Development Plans [DDP].
In 2015 at the on start of the DPP, the Dowa District Council had 4 of the priority projects: drilling of boreholes, rehabilitation of Dowa rest house to a lodge, brick wall fence construction project for Dowa Community Centre ground and the Urban Structure Plan for Dowa and Mponela trading centre.
…”Let’s strive to make Dowa number one, in 2017, Dowa was number one in Local Government Performance Assessment [LAPA] and for this to be achieved, there’s need for good working friendship for the betterment of the district…,’’ said Luka.
In his remarks, Dowa Central Constituency legislature, Hon. Darlington Harawa, asked the members to name the road networks that need improvements other than just saying road networks, saying this will give people in the district to know the roads under construction to benefit from the funds.
Harawa expressed a concern that borehole drillings has not been effective in the district, water woes is still the order of the day forcing the communities to walk long distances fetching portable water saying this demand the council to shift from borehole drilling to piped water for the communities to see a change.
By Vincent Gunde