PEOPLE contesting as ward councillors in the August 11 general elections must understand their roles if they are to deliver development to their respective areas when elected, says senior citizen Robinson Mwale.
Mr. Mwale claimed that most councillors did not understand their duties.
He noted that it was imperative that councillors recognised and understood their respective roles in society, adding that councillors were key drivers of development at grassroots level.
“We expect the councillors to deliver various development projects for the benefit of the communities, but we don’t see that because most of them don’t understand their role.
“I think councillors lack proper orientation of what they are supposed to do; they need to be oriented from time to time. They are the key drivers of development at grassroot level; they are the best people to know what people in the communities are lacking and they should always be there,” Mr. Mwale said.
He also appealed to councillors to work hand in hand with the community.
He observed that the community played a pivotal role in development.
“There is need for councillors to work closely with the people they serve, because they also have an important role to play in development.
“People should not just wait for Government to do everything for them, sometimes they can also contribute the little they have towards development,” he said.