WDCs car­di­nal for de­vel­op­ment-Coun­cilor

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NORTH-WESTERN NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

PEO­PLE at grass­roots level need to be part of the de­vel­op­ment process hence the im­por­tance of hav­ing a Ward De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tees (WDC), Tun­vwan­ganai ward coun­cilor, Kya­palushi Ka­p­ata­moyo has said

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion in Sol­wezi yes­ter­day, Ms Ka­p­ata­moyo dis­closed that her ward did not have a WDC in place say­ing gov­ern­ment should look into the mat­ter.

Ms Ka­p­ata­moyo called on gov­ern­ment through the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing to come up with a statu­tory in­stru­ment that would al­low wards which do not have WDCs to be formed so that de­vel­op­ment was made more ef­fec­tive and ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

She said as en­shrined in the de­cen­tral­iza­tion pol­icy frame­work, the peo­ple at grass­roots level needed to be part of the de­vel­op­ment process. “It is my hum­ble ap­peal to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment through the Min­istry of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and hous­ing to se­ri­ously con­sider com­ing up with an­other SI that will al­low the for­ma­tion of ward de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tees in all the wards that do not have them in place,” Ms Ka­p­ata­moyo said.

She said it was very dif­fi­cult for her to work with­out a com­mit­tee in place hence the ap­peal.

‘’As you know from the statu­tory obli­ga­tions, WDCs are the first stop in terms of de­vel­op­ment. So, as a coun­cilor you can­not work ef­fi­ciently with­out these WDCs,’’ she said.

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