By Mphatso Nkuonera
Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and District Commissioners (DCs) across the country have been advised to lead in the best services delivery in their respective councils for the country’s development.
Minister of Local Government, Prof. Blessings Chinsinga made this call at Lilongwe City Council, Civic Offices on Friday during an interactive meeting with the senior council management officials from all councils across the country.
“I expect an efficient, effective and responsive democratic developmental local governance system and, also local councils must be as hub of economic prosperity.
“I have the following elements, professionalism of local government services and transformation of local government councils.
“I therefore call upon all councils to submit their vision in black and white to my ministry by 20th March, 2022, so that we know how ambitious you are towards taking your respective councils to great heights, failure to comply would not be rated well in the vision of creating winning teams,” he said.
The minister said councils should be categorized into three classes so that, there is no longer business as usual feeling in the service delivery ladders.
“I wish to understand if there are any policy, institutional or administrative bottlenecks, like on the issues of procurement and, so far these bottlenecks may have caused some hiccups towards implementation of the reform agenda and on service delivery in councils, in one or the other,” he alluded.
He discouraged the senior council management officials to consider operating within their area of jurisdiction in order to concentrate more on service delivery, adding that, some do not hold management meetings in their councils which is retrogressive towards best service delivery.
Speaking earlier, Secretary for Local Government James Chiusiwa said CEOs and DCs are key bridge of communication between the ministry and the locals at the grassroots level hence the need for working collectively in order to achieve the country’s development agenda come 2063.
Chiradzulu District Commissioner, Reinghard Kaweta Chavula, said the conditions under which councils management work sometimes mismatch between the priorities on the table against the resources provided, and that needed attention.
“There is a fight for power and resources at councils, we expected an improvement in the provision of resources, for us to spearhead the service delivery. I am glad that, the minister has hinted on councils being categorized, this will save us from some of these long standing issues to fast track service delivery in the councils,” she said.