Govt commends Caritas Chipata

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—Lundazi District Commissioner, Janet Mvula, has
commended Caritas Chipata for supplementing government’s efforts in its
quest to provide quality services to people of Lundazi District.

Ms Mvula said government recognizes the pivotal roles civil societies, such as Caritas Chipata under the Catholic Church, play especially in areas of education, health services, social justices and good governance.

Ms Mvula was speaking in Lundazi over the weekend when she opened a one day workshop on Inside Council Forum on Decentralisation Policy organized by Caritas Chipata and funded by Zambian Governance Foundation.

She said in order to enhance the role of civil societies and its relationship with the state, the Patriotic Front government shall work hand in hand with Caritas Chipata to enhance social and economic development in Lundazi.

And speaking earlier, Caritas Chipata, Programmes Coordinator, John Zulu, called on local authorities to put in place a frame work and systems that will allow participation and involvement of non state actors in public service delivery as well as ensuring quality, effective and sustainable provision of basic services to poor people.

Mr John Zulu said Councils in Zambia should involve local organizations and create effective partnership in order to enhance opportunities for local development and improve local service

And speaking during the same function, Lundazi District Council Secretary, Simukholomba Magubbwi explained that decentralization involves transfers of some government functions, powers and authority with matching resources by legal and constitutional provision to lower

However, Mr Magubbwi complained that Lundazi District Council faces several challenges,
among them realignment of some government departments, limited financial resources, lack of skilled manpower, limited land for expansion, poor road network and lack of transport and machinery.