Friday, January 14, 2011

ZULAWU queries non-funding of Local Government Commission

ZULAWU queries non-funding of Local Government Commission
By Bright Mukwasa
Fri 14 Jan. 2011, 04:00 CAT

THE government should explain how the newly set up Local Government Commission will operate without a budgetary allocation, ZULAWU has demanded.

Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU) president Misheck Nyambose said the government needed to make serious efforts to ensure that the new commission was functional.

“We are facing a lot of challenges in dealing with staff matters because the new Act took away all the powers. But the commission has no budgetary allocation in the yellow book. We wonder how it will operate,” Nyambose said.

Nyambose said in the absence of the commission, many local government issues had stalled.

“Let the commission start work so they look at improving conditions of service. The current conditions in the local government are still very poor to attract qualified staff,” he said.

Nyambose said nothing had happened despite the government’s announcement on the appointment of the commission.

He praised the local government for effectively disbursing funds last year but complained of rampant misapplication.

“Some of the money, however, has not been used for intended purposes. There’s a lot of misapplication of money,” said Nyambose.

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