…Presents cheques totalling K22bn to performing Assemblies
Minister of Local Government Unity and Culture Honourable Richard Chimwendo Banda has urged the underperfoming Local Authoritied to pull up their socks if they are to meet developmental aspirationations endowed in the Malawi 2063.
He was speaking during the official presentation of Performance-Based Grants cheques totalling K22 billion to 25 Local Assemblies which registered outstanding performance in 2021/2022 financial year
The Local Assemblies Performance Assessment (LAPA) report is indicating that Machinga Zomba and Balaka are the only local assemblies which have not received the grants due to their underperformance in the previous year while Mulanje and Salima are the two Assmblies with undoubted performance.
The Minister says by missing the World Bank funded grants, the three districts have denied communities in their respective Assemblies an opportunity to development. He therefore urged the councils to jack up so that people in their respective localities should have development.
With support from the World Bank-funded Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) Project, the Ministry conducted the Local Authorities Performance Assessment for 2021/2022 Financial Year from 6th to 25th November, 2022 with an objective of determining the level of performance for Local Assemblies.
This is the third time that the Ministry has conducted the LAPA. The first exercise was conducted in 2019/2020 and the second was done in 2020/2021 fiscal years.
In the first year, 24 Councils received the Performance Based Grant (PBG) whilst 25 Councils received the Grant in the second year after passing the Minimum Access Conditions (MACs), Performance Measures (PMs) and Triggers.
On Wednesday this week, the Minister also awarded the best performing Local Assemblies.