Malawians Petition BICCO On Promises

Communities in Namwera, Mangochi district have petitioned Blantyre Institute Community Outreach BICCO for failing to fulfill its promise to recruit citizens in the area in De-worm Malawi 3 project.

Speaking after handing over the letter to Mangochi district commissioner their representative Maxwell Chinyumba said they wanted government intervention so that fairness should be exercised.

According to the letter BICCO officials held a meeting with Majuni and Malombola Area Development Committees last year to brief them about the project.

“They promised to recruit communities of Namwera who hold MSCE and during interviews secretary to senior chief Jalasi will be available to verify real citizens of the area but to no avail. The community did not take action on the first recruitment of 40 data clerks but were surprised that the number increased to 76 and none of them were from Namwera,” explained Chinyumba

In his remarks Mangochi district commissioner Mosses Chimphepo said BICCO came with De-worm 3 project through district executive committee meeting.

Chimphepo said the committee accepted the project because it was beneficial to people of Namwera but was quick to say that they did not discuss recruitment procedures.

“My office is formulating memorandum of understanding to sign with organizations before implementing their projects in order to solve such kind of challenges and easy monitoring of activities,” Chimphepo said.

In his response Davis Chinyanya senior programs manager for DEWORM Malawi 3 project said will give answers to the concerns on Monday after his office goes through the letter.

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