Ac­count­abil­ity is para­mount

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

FOR any lo­cal gov­ern­ment to be ef­fec­tive, ac­count­abil­ity to the elec­torate is para­mount,

says Di­rec­tor of Ur­ban Gov­ern­ment in the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Tito Sime­lane.

Sime­lane said the AGM was a ma­jor ac­count­abil­ity prac­tice that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are mea­sured by on per­for­mance.

He said for any lo­cal gov­ern­ment to be ef­fec­tive, ac­count­abil­ity to the elec­torate was para­mount. “Ac­count­abil­ity should not end here with this AGM, but should ex­tend to the com­mu­ni­ties peo­ple live in. Where fea­si­ble, use ev­ery pos­si­ble me­dia to reach out to as many res­i­dents and stake­holder as pos­si­ble,” said Sime­lane. He urged res­i­dents of Mba­bane to fully par­tic­i­pate in the can­di­da­ture nom­i­na­tion and mu­nic­i­pal vot­ing since the two ac­tiv­i­ties would de­ter­mine their fu­ture’s well-be­ing and peace of mind.

He said the qual­ity and ex­pe­di­ency of how their mat­ters were han­dled in coun­cil would de­pend on their par­tic­i­pa­tion and qual­ity of the peo­ple they elected.

Adding, Sime­lane said through the prin­ci­ple of sub­sidiar­ity, gov­ern­ment has en­trusted qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery in ur­ban ar­eas to coun­cils. He then urged the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to con­tinue be­ing the van­guard it has been in the lo­cal au­thor­ity sphere of gov­er­nance over the years. “From twin­ning with in­ter­na­tional cities to re­struc­tur­ing, it has con­tin­ued to tire­lessly find new and bet­ter ways to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery within a highly con­strained re­source base. This has not gone un­no­ticed as the ratepay­ers have shown their ap­pre­ci­a­tion by im­prov­ing their pay­ments of rates over the years,” he said.

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