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Uutoni holds induction workshop for new councillors

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Minister of Regional and Local authority councillors Erastus Uutoni has urged councillors to put aside their political differences in order to successfully deliver services to their regions and municipalities.Uutoni made the call on Monday during the o…

Minister of Regional and Local authority councillors Erastus Uutoni has urged councillors to put aside their political differences in order to successfully deliver services to their regions and municipalities.

Uutoni made the call on Monday during the opening of a four-day induction workshop here for newly elected councillors who assumed duties after the November 2020 elections.

The workshop is aimed at assisting the new councillors and administrators to better understand the policies, legal, institutional and administrative framework that governs the jurisdictions in which they are operating.

According to Uutoni, actions of Councils must be inclusive and people-centred in nature, meaning that councillors and council administrators must periodically consult with and obtain the views and consensus of and also involve the community in the planning and implementation of development initiatives that affect and/or is meant to benefit them.

“Such unity of purpose and spirit of team work must start with the councillors and their administrators working as one team driven by the shared desire to serve the people.

No divisive petty party politics, self-serving interests and infighting among councillors and between councillors and administrative staff. Council meetings must also not be used as platforms for divisive political agendas but to discuss and find solutions to community problems and needs,” the minister alluded.

Additionally, Uutoni emphasized that the development of national by-laws and policies should involve the community and be guided by the community and the principles of good governance.

He further noted that councillors and officials must create open platforms and channels for constructive communication and information sharing among themselves and with the communities that they serve.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre Itope at the same event advised attendees to be brutally honest during their deliberations if they are to correct the weaknesses in their Regional Councils and Local Authorities in order to ensure that they achieve their mandates as outlined in the Local Authorities Act 23 of 1992 and the Regional Council’s Act 22 of 1992 and the subsequent amendments.

Councillors from the Omaheke and Oshana Regional councils including town councils and municipalities of several towns are attending the workshop.

It ends on Thursday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency