Government should be commended for its political will in starting to implement the revised National Decentralization Policy, ward councillors have said.
The councillors said this at the just ended 59th Local Government association of Zambia and 12th general assembly of the alliance of mayors and municipal leaders initiative for community Action on HIV and AIDS.
According to the resolutions, the councillors raised concern with the absence of sector specific guidelines and legal provisions to operationalize cabinet circular no.10 of 2014.
The association has saluted President Edgar Lungu over the announcement by his administration that it would revise the National Decentralization Policy through the issuance of cabinet circular no 10 of 2014.
“We commend Government’s political will to start implementing the revised national decentralization policy through the issuance of cabinet circular no.10 of 2014. We, the delegates are concerned at the absence of sector specific guidelines and legal provisions to operationalize cabinet circular no.10 of 2014.
“We are concerned about the diminished levels of government grants to local government following the repeal of section 45 (3) of the Local Government Act, cap 281 of the laws of Zambia which has the potential to compromise the decentralisation process,” the declaration statement reads.
The association resolved to commit itself to the implementation the contents of cabinet circular no 10 of 2024 and registered cabinet office should issue a clear sector by sector implementation guidelines and supportive legal provisions.
As an action plan, the association has advised its constituent member councils to take immediate steps to implement parts of the circular which do not have financial implications.