DDA spent K2.5mil to help churches


Mendi-Munihu development authority (DDA) in Southern Highlands has spent K2.5 million to support the work of churches this year, local MP Michael Nali says.
Nali, who is Works Minister, told The National that churches played a role in helping to keep order in communities through their teachings and beliefs and deserved government assistance.
He said the DDA had been supporting the work of churches under its Church Partnership Programme which focused on improving service delivery, fostering peace and prosperity and other related activities in the wards and local level governments (LLGs).
“Churches are established in communities and they work closely with village leaders and magistrates, councillors and LLGs to establish peace, change the lives of people by providing basic services,” he said.
“Their work is very important and the DDA respects and recognises their work, for the country to prosper, it must support them so that they will be in the frontline to change the lives of youths that are involved in illegal activities.”
DDA chief executive officer Pora Nema said the funding was under the law and justice sector improvement programme.
He said mainline churches Catholic, United, Seventh-day Adventist and Lutheran received K50,000 each while the other reform churches received K5,000 each.