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(LUSAKATIMES) Lunda chief wants decentralization policy implemented now
Time Posted: December 26, 2013 9:24 am

Chief Ntambu of the Lunda speaking people in Mwinilunga district has appealed to government to expedite the process of implementing the national decentralization policy.

Chief Ntambu said decentralization is the only vehicle through which development can reach people in rural areas and attain meaningful socio and economic development.

He said this during a consultative meeting with traditional leaders on the national decentralization process organised by Caritas Zambia held in Mwinilunga district yesterday.

Chief Ntambu expressed worry at the rate at which development in rural areas is moving saying once the decentralization policy is fully implemented poverty levels among people will reduce.

Speaking at the same function, Caritas Zambia pro- poor and economic justice manager for North western province Isaac Mungwala said people must not look at decentralization as a way of dividing the nation.

Mr Mungwala said instead the process should be viewed as a mechanism put in place to increase citizen participation to effectively implement the national developmental agenda.

Mr Mungwala urged people to support the government of the day and its policies by expressing their opinions on issues such as the decentralization process so that it could be done in good faith.

And Mwinilunga District Commissioner Masela Chinyama said government has taken a bold step of devolving some powers to lower organs through the decentralization process, the initiative she said must be supported by all citizens.

Ms Chinyama said government wants its people to have access to quality social services and appealed to the ministry of local government and housing spearheading the implementation of the decentralization policy to ensure that it is implemented in time.


(LUSAKATIMES) If there is enough Maize in the country, why is Government banning exports, asks JCTR
Time Posted: December 26, 2013 2:58 pm

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says there is need for more clarity from the government with regards its intention to sign a Statutory Instrument (SI) banning the export of maize.

JCTR Director, Fr. Leonard Chiti has told Qfm in an interview that in as much as the ban on maize exports is necessary, there is need for government to explain what has necessitated such a decision in view of earlier assurances that there was enough maize in the country.

Fr. Chiti says the Patriotic Front should stop misleading Zambians by making pronouncements contrary to the situation on the ground, which he says has become characteristic of the PF.

He adds that Zambians are left to wonder what is going on in the agriculture sector and the governance system.

Fr.Chiti further states that Zambians are beginning to get worried and cannot trust the Patriotic Front administration in view of conflicting pronouncements.

Agriculture Minister Robert Sichinga has indicated that government is expected to sign a Statutory Instrument (SI) banning maize exports to stabilize Mealie meal prices in the country.

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