North West District Council is having serious cash flow problems and this has forced the Chairman Lathang Molonda to plead with councillors to come up with ways that can help them in generating more revenue. Molonda told a special full council meeting last week that some of the projects that were supposed to have kicked off failed because of lack of funds. Amongst the projects Molonda pointed out are maintenance of council houses, schools and bad roads like the Makalamabedi-Maun road. “This year alone P454 649 550 is needed but we have to find ways of getting P14 589 660.”
He said that government normally give them 56 percent of what is requested and that becomes a problem to them to source more funds. He also mentioned that all their hostels which are in Rural Area Dwellers Settlement (RADS) are far behind in renovations. Recently the district received an allocation of 50 houses for destitute persons to be built in different villages within the district and 31 specifically for RADS. He said that it is important to note that some of the houses that were allocated to the district the previous financial year are not yet complete. He however attributed the delay to bad terrain and shortage of transport. Molonda told the house that since the hike of prices by retailers, the food basket for destitute will also be affected. He said that if the basket does not sustain the beneficiaries as council they will be faced with a challenge of finding ways to make sure it does.