Accountability is paramount
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.