Increase funding to council – Governance advisor
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
MPscinommanymisstiiomne.ing 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.