Mzimba South Civil Society Organizations Network (Mzisonet) and Mzimba/Mmbelwa District Council have agreed to collaboratively work in various development projects in the district.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was held in Mzimba facilitated by the Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI), one of the CSOs in the district.
Speaking at the event PACHI Chief Executive Officer, Charles Makwenda noted that relationship of that nature strengthen developmental partners in the district to yield meaningful results benefiting communities.
Makewnda said “strong and serious partnership is vital for realization of their development rights through transparency and accountability that follows there in; it is very important that we strengthen our accountability systems both in government and also Civil Society Organizations.”
“As PACHI we felt the need to support because of the importance we put to democracy and this MOU is paramount in democracy as it strengthens local government structures and improve service delivery,” added Makwenda.
PACHI is also one of the CSO partners in Mzimba where it implements a ‘Social Mobilization – Reproductive Maternal, New born and Child Health ll (RMNCH ll) project aimed at accelerating the improvement of RMNCH indicators.
Chairperson for Mzimba District Council, Dan Nkosi hailed the new arrangement saying it will curb project duplication among development partners in the district.
“Some CSOs have a tendency of working in the district without the knowledge of the council officials, worse still some of these CSOs claim to be implementing projects in the district when actually they are not there on the ground,” observed Nkosi.
Commenting on the development Mzisonet Chairperson, Jones Moyo blamed on some unregistered NGOs who jets into the district without necessarily following guides as stipulated by the NGO mother body, Council for Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGOMA).
The meeting also irked Inkosi Mabilabo to caution CSOs to observe cultural values whenever they implement projects in district.
Mabilabo felt that some institutions inject in some ideologies that are a threat to the society.
The venture will also see the two parties jointly intensify resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring of projects and enhance capacity building in core development programs in the district.