Khomas Calls for Decentralisation

THE chief regional officer of the Khomas Regional Council, Clement Mwafila, has urged line ministries to decentralise decision-making processes.

He said doing so would ensure g cooperation between the regional offices and the head office.

Mwafila said this during the opening of the one-day regional development coordination committee (RDCC) meeting organised by the Khomas Regional Council on Tuesday.

The purpose of the meeting was to revive the RDCC which has not been functioning due to a number of barriers and challenges.

The committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating development activities in the region.

Mwafila explained that the lack of coordination between the regional offices and head office is one of the barriers to development.

He stressed that in most cases, enquiries from the regional office are referred to responsible directors which becomes cumbersome as the region is too vast to be handled by directors only.

“If there is a misunderstanding in terms of the coordination process we need to have mechanisms in place. Our task is to make sure there is a purpose to have RDCC in the region,” he said.

The chief regional officer appreciated the constitutional amendment which gives governors the power to supervise the activities of ministries at regional level.

He said this will help the council to address the issues through the governor.

Mwafila called on the RDCC to improve coordination through the development of institutional incentives. He said this can be done by understanding why there is a need for line ministries to be present when it comes to coordination of functions.

He noted that billions of dollars were sent back to Treasury because of lack of coordination at regional level.

According to the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) 2015-16, 2016-2017 and 2017-18, Khomas region received the highest average allocation over the MTEF as result of a large number of projects being implemented in the city.

A total of N$2,7 million for 2015-16 N$3,4 million for 2016-17 and N$4,6 million for 2017-2018 were allocated for development projects in the region.

The RDCC is made up of government offices, ministries and agencies that are committed to accelerating development in the region.

The meeting was attended by regional councillors and representatives of the ministries of education defence gender equality, City of Windhoek and Khomas regional council. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian