Decentralisation policy elusive in N/West

NORTH-Western Province is behind schedule in the implementation of the decentralization policy, Western permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has disclosed.
He said while other provinces have made head ways in the implementation of the policy, North-Western Province was still behind.
Speaking during the 2nd quarter Provincial Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC), Mr Malupenga attributed this to various challenges which included funding.
“I understand that we have had various challenges, but we should strive to begin implementing this process, he said.
He said various councils have already adopted and implemented the new structures.
Mr Malupenga said the implementation of the decentralisation policy would involve some of the functions from line ministries which would be devolved to the district.
“Due to the changing structure, district officers will be required to report to the council directly,” he said.
Mr Malupenga said all civil servants should strive to understand the devolution process to avoid wrangling.
He said the process was aimed at expediting service delivery at various levels of Government institutions.
Mr Malupenga urged the provincial devolution team to draw up a programme to provide “backstopping” to the district so that the implementation and transition of functions to the local authority was done with minimum impediments.
And Mr. Malupenga warned all departments under “control 97” that all capital projects that were not backed by proposals would not be included in the 2016 budget.
He said less than 10 proposals have been received so far and the deadline for submissions of proposals has since lapsed.

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