In­crease fund­ing to coun­cil – Gov­er­nance ad­vi­sor

Daily Nation Newspaper - - KOPALA NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

LO­CAL Coun­cils are among the most im­por­tant arms of govern­ment and lack of re­sources in such in­sti­tu­tions holds back de­vel­op­ment, gov­er­nance ad­vi­sor Humphrey Mwenya.

Mr Mwenya said govern­ment should in­crease fund­ing to am­plify coun­cil op­er­a­tions so that mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment could be reg­is­tered in the coun­try.

He said this in a state­ment to the Daily Na­tion in Ndola yes­ter­day.

Mr Mwenya said de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion or de­vo­lu­tion of power to the lo­cal level could only be achieved if there was suf­fi­cient fund­ing to the coun­cils.

He how­ever, in­di­cated that the coun­cils on the other hand should en­sure that the re­sources were pru­dently man­aged.

There was need, he em­pha­sised, for pru­dent man­age­ment of pub­lic re­sources in or­der to

fi­nances TalEwaNys en­sure that that achieve the in­tended pur­pose.

Mean­while, Mr Mwenya re­gret­ted that the con­tin­ued stand­off be­tween Kabwe Cen­tral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Tutwa Ngu­lube and Mayor Prince Chileshe was coun­ter­pro­duc­tive and re­quired an im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion.

He noted that there had been fric­tion be­tween heads of some

MPs­ci­nom­manymis­sti­ lo­cal coun­cils and other parts of the coun­try such as Choma.

"We need unity of pur­pose be­tween coun­cils and MPs to achieve de­vel­op­ment in our coun­try. The new con­sti­tu­tion has cre­ated a broad spec­trum of po­si­tions to as­pire for, mak­ing full gov­er­nance par­tic­i­pa­tion of many cit­i­zens, es­pe­cially us the youth.

"My ap­peal is with the await­ing con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments, law mak­ers should not be hos­tile against lo­cal gov­er­nance," he said.

Mr Mwenya noted said MPs should re­main level-headed and mod­ify all con­sti­tu­tional lapses.

MPs, he said, should con­tinue the pol­icy-mak­ing role and not be the project im­ple­menters at the same time.

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