– Caritas Zambia pledge to support govt.

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 Caritas Zambia in Chipata District says it will work and support Zambian government in its efforts to implement the Decentralization Policy.

Caritas Chipata Coordinator John Zulu says this is because the decentralization policy empowers  citizens empowerment and improved service delivery to the local community.

Mr. John Zulu said in order for Decentralization policy to succed, it requires concerted efforts  and commitment of both stakeholders and government at all levels.

ZANIS in Lundazi reports that the civic leader was speaking during  Round Table on Decentralization Policy, in Lundazi District today.

The meeting was attended by churches, Heads of Government Departments, Political Parties, Council, Civic leaders and media institutions.

Mr. Zulu said the purpose of one day round table meeting was  create a forum where institutions and persons charged with responsibility of implementation Decentralization Policy and other stakeholders are able to share ideas on progress and challenges facing the implementation policy.

Once Decentralization Policy was successfully implemented, the Community would enjoy the benefits of the Policy such as improved infrastructure, citizen empowerment and improved service delivery. 

And speaking earlier, Eastern Province Local Government Officer [PLGO] Mac loud Nyirenda disclosed that government has already identified some government  Ministries that will soon devolved  party of their functions to councils, named them as ministry of Education.

These are ministries’ of Health, Agriclture, Home Affairs, Chiefs and Cultural. Community development and Social Services, Mines, respectively among others.

Meanwhile Lundazi District Administrative Officer Mukule Banda called on Local Councils in the country to embark on capacity building of all their workers.

Mr. Banda said this because the workers needed capacity building  if the Decentralization Policy was to succeed.