Check and balances are necessary for project monitoring
Namwala, February 20, ZANIS, Namwala District Commissioner Gevar Nsanzya says that it is important to have checks and balances both in government and Non Governmental projects so that money allocated to programs are used according to the intended programs as specified by government and donors.
Mr Nsanzya was speaking at Namwala Youth friendly Centre yesterday at the launch of a WASHE Project which is to be implemented by Diocese in Namwala and Choma districts in Chilalantambo and Namwala from 2013-2015 supported by the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) match fund.
The Water Sanitation and Hygiene promotion project is under the partnership of the Caritas Monze, CAFOD and other key stakeholders is expected to benefit about 2240 women and 960 men.
Mr Nsanzya has pledged government’s commitment to the project saying the government of Zambia attaches great importance to the provision of clean water and sanitation to communities in the country.
He said that government and CAFOD both endorsed the MDGs and believe that their achievement will result into an improvement of millions of the world’s poorest people.
Mr Nsanzya further said that he is happy that CAFOD has pledged to work towards the realization of each of the MDGs and pledged to fund programmes that will contribute towards the MDG number 7.
The Namwala District Commissioner pointed out that CAFOD and Monze diocese have been involved in many success projects such as the open wells that were improved in Chaambwa community of Namwala district which have had a positive impact on the lives of people and livestock.
Mr Nsanzya also noted that the interventions by the two have culminated into the construction of a dip tank and solar powered water supply facility for harmony community in Choma district that has also changed the lives of people there.
And speaking at the same function Chief elect Wesley Mukobela of the Ila people of Baambwe said that most projects in Zambia spend more time on organization of logistics than implementation of the project.
He said that such delays deprive the vulnerable people who are the beneficiaries of the projects in the communities.
Chief Mukobela has since appealed to the diocese of Namwala and Choma to stick to the 30 months to strictly implement the project in the stated 30 month period so that the targeted communities have clean water and good sanitation.
The WASHE project will see to it that communities of Namwala and Chilalantambo of Choma have access to clean water, improved sanitation, access to improved hygiene, women empowerment and gender mainstreaming.