The Patriotic Front (PF) government’s decentralisation policy is nothing but a political ploy to create its political zones as those who would be employed in the new districts would be cadres of the ruling party, the Bemba Royal establishment has observed.
Mulenga Kombe, a representative of the Bemba Royal Establishment said the creation of new districts which originally was meant to devolve power in the governance system was slowly losing its focus.
He said government should seriously embark on developing programmes that would prioritise human resource so that Zambians can realise the fruits the resources the country had but that it was unfortunate that government had ignored the involvement of the traditional leaders in the process.
He said it would be difficult for the nation to achieve the objectives of the decentralisation policy without implementing a decentralized planning system that allowed for the full involvement of the local communities in the development process.
Mr Kombe observed that nearly all districts in the country were not applying the essential elements of an effective planning system adding that sub-national development planning was significant to tackling poverty among the populous in the country. He said the involvement of the local people in planning and decision-making would lead to their eventual empowerment which was the main aim of the national decentralisation policy.Mr Kombe accused the government of trying to reduce the powers vested in the traditional leadership who were close to the people in the communities.
“The turning of Mwansabombwe into a new district will mean that Mwata Kazembe will have no much power over land and general administration of the Lunda matters as most of them would be dealt by government wings,” he said.
He called on the royal highnesses to stand up and be counted by defending the heritage as burying their heads in the sand won’t help in anyway.