Call to en­gage com­mu­ni­ties in gover­nance

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

COM­MU­NI­TIES need to be in­cluded in mu­nic­i­pal gover­nance pro­cesses to im­prove the qual­ity of de­ci­sions made and poli­cies for­mu­lated.

This was said by Le­sotho Coun­cil of NonGovern­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tions (LCN) Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Se­abata Mot­samai, dur­ing a three­day work­shop held in con­junc­tion with the Maseru City Coun­cil (MCC) to ex­plore ways of en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity for in­clu­sive plan­ning.

The work­shop, which ended yes­ter­day, was held un­der the theme “En­hanc­ing Cit­i­zen’s Par­tic­i­pa­tion for Re­spon­sive Par­tic­i­pa­tory Plan­ning in Maseru City Coun­cil” and at­tended by area chiefs, coun­cil­lors and mem­bers of par­lia­ment from within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Mr Mot­samai said com­mu­nity mem­bers needed to be in­cluded in mu­nic­i­pal gover­nance.

“In­volv­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers in mu­nic­i­pal gover­nance helps im­prove the qual­ity of de­ci­sions made and poli­cies for­mu­lated. This can be done by tap­ping into ex­ten­sive and al­ter­na­tive sources of in­for­ma­tion and view­points which is some­times re­ferred to as so­lic­it­ing or ‘hid­den knowl­edge’,” he said.

Mr Mot­samai said it was im­per­a­tive to mo­bilise com­mu­ni­ties to pro­mote par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“Mo­bil­i­sa­tion is the process of en­gag­ing com­mu­ni­ties to iden­tify pri­or­i­ties, re­sources and so­lu­tions in a way that pro­motes par­tic­i­pa­tion. Such an ap­proach en­cour­ages peo­ple to be their own agent of change,” he said.

“Com­mu­nity mo­bil­i­sa­tion cre­ates com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels be­tween MCC and com­mu­ni­ties. It helps MCC to un­der­stand the com­mu­nity bet­ter and also for the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand MCC bet­ter.”

Mr Mot­samai added: “Mo­bil­i­sa­tion is a plat­form for con­sen­sus build­ing, trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­sive­ness. It helps MCC to pro­file com­mu­ni­ties and come up with af­ford­able rates for the com­mu­nity. It also con­trib­utes to the sus­tain­abil­ity of MCC’S ser­vices and helps com­mu­ni­ties in tran­si­tion by chang­ing at­ti­tudes, norms, prac­tices and be­hav­iours.”

LCN Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Se­abata Mot­samai.

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