Zambia will be hosting a two day regional conference of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) -Southern Africa Region on 25th and 26th June at Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka.
The Conference will attract participants from the Southern Region who will include Ministers responsible for Local Government, Municipalities/Councils and Local Government Associations to share experiences, learning and exchange on a range of initiatives underway to ensure achievement of the SDGs. These initiatives include promoting decentralization, good local governance, local economic development, gender equality and gender responsive local governance, ICT as a tool for development, and service delivery.
The meeting will be meeting under the theme “Promoting Local Governance and Local Economic Development in Southern Africa: Towards Localising Sustainable Development Goals.”
Minister of Local Government Hon. Vincent Mwale who is also CLGF Board Member will officially open the Conference.
The conference is being organized as countries in the region work towards more integrated planning and development as part of their efforts to ensure that no one is left behind in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Southern Africa.
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu recently urged delegates to the National Dialogue Forum to safeguard the peoples’ desires in the Republican Constitution.
The President said this when he officially opened the 63rd LGAZ Annual Conference and 16th AMICAALL General Assembly. The conference was being held under the theme, “Embracing e-government for improved local service delivery.”
The President was reacting to LGAZ president’s concern on the intentions by some sections of society to alter some of the Republican Constitutional provisions relating to local government which were key in giving the decentralisation policy practical expression.
These provisions include Articled 147 and 154 of the Republican Constitution. Article 147 spelt out the exclusive functions for local authorities including some sources of revenue while Article 154 relates to the election of Mayor and Council Chairperson by Universal Adult Suffrage.
President Lungu said that there was no alternative to decentralisation cautioning Ministries resisting to devolve.
“Power corrupts and power is sweet. I am saying so because some ministries are still holding on to power they are supposed to devolve, one day I will fall on them like a tonne of bricks,” he said.
President Lungu assured the Association that he had heard the concerns adding that the constitution had gone through a lot of processes and people had spoken.
As member councils are aware, this year’s Annual Conference which takes place from 6th to 10th May at New Government Complex, Lusaka, will be an elective Joint Conference and in terms of Article VI (11) of the LGAZ Constitution, only paid up Member Councils or delegates from paid up Member Councils shall have the right to attend and vote. Therefore, kindly ensure Annual Subscription Fees are paid.
ZAMBIAN DELEGATION AT REGIONAL MEETING OF THE UNITED CITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF AFRICA 15-16TH APRIL 2019, HARARE, ZIMBABWE.
A delegation from Zambia led by LGAZ President Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe will be attending the Southern African Regional meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) which takes place in Harare, Zimbabwe from 15th to 16th April 2019.
Other members of the delegation are Kalulushi Mayor Rashida Mulenga in her capacity as Zambia’s representative on the UCLGA Network of African Women Local Elected Officials (RAFELA) continental body for women in local government. LGAZ Executive Secretary Mr. Maurice Mbolela is also part of the delegation.
As UCLGA Vice President of the region, Mayor Kang’ombe will preside over the regional meeting. He was elected in this position in September last year.
UCLGA is the umbrella organization and united voice and representative of local governments in Africa. The organisation draws its membership from national associations of local governments from all regions of Africa including cities.
Recently, Government launched the Integrated Development Planning Guidelines for councils to guide development at the local level in achieving sustainable development without leaving anyone behind.
As a follow up to the launch, a five day training of trainers’ workshop in the development of Integrated Development Plans was held in Siavonga from 1st to 5th April 2019 whose objectives were:
- To orient potential trainers on the practical use of the IDP guidelines to transfer skills and build capacity of councils to adopt the IDP approach at district level
- To understand, unpack and internalize the IDP guidelines
- To prepare a training programme for rolling out
- To agree on data collection templates
- To agree on methods for stakeholder/community consultation in the IDP process
The training drew participants from the Ministry of Local Government, Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute, Ministry of National Development Planning and Provincial Planning Units.
Those trained will soon commence orienting the ten councils under the “Enhancing Local Government Capacity for Development Project” a European Union (EU) Funded Project and Co-Financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
The ten councils are Chongwe, Kafue and Lufunsa in Lusaka Province, Ndola, Luanshya and Masaiti in Copperbelt Province and Kasama, Mpulungu, Luwingu and Mporokoso in Northern Province.
An Integrated Development Plan is a document that is developed by a local authority and stakeholders to guide development in a district. The purpose of integrated development planning is to ensure equitable service delivery, economic development, equitable distribution of infrastructure, spatial harmony whilst ensuring environmental sustainability and social inclusion.
The development of IDPs will facilitate greater linkage in providing the overall framework for development in respective localities across the country.
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