“We will soon part company with our councillors who do not share the party developmental agenda of alleviating poverty in the communities,’’ opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Siavonga district chairman Jerry Kapalangwe has warned.
And the party has summoned all its councillors to a one-day meeting aimed at taking stock of the local authority development performance in the last three years. Mr Kapalangwe said his party is not happy with the way the local authority is handling projects in the district hence its decision to call for a round table meeting with its councilors to hear from them why they have failed to give guidance to the local authority management.
He said the UPND will not allow its elected councilors to fail the people of Siavonga who voted them into office adding that any councilor who is not ready to work according to the UPND development agenda will be asked to step aside and give room to others who are willing to work towards freeing the people from the shackles of poverty.
Kapalangwe said that despite the local authority having received a lot of funds over the years from both the national treasury and other donors for developmental programmes, the district has not seen any visible development on site. He disclosed that during the meeting with civic leaders scheduled for Sandy Beach Hotel on Tuesday next week, the party will explain to the councilors what is expected of them during council deliberations. Kapalangwe said his party has discovered that some of its councilors don’t understand their role at the local authority as a result they just go there to warm the seats and receive allowances at the expense of delivering the much needed development to the community they claim to represent.
The district opposition leader said among other issues to be discussed at the meeting is the stalled Civic Centre construction project and the construction of mourner’s shelter at Siavonga main cemetery where it’s alleged that some council officials have financially benefited from the two projects by inflating prices for building materials.