Constituency Week underway countrywide

11 Apr 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) – Constituency Week was officially launched at the Khomas Regional Council here on Monday.
The Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID); the National Council (NC) and the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) organised the five-day initiative, which will be commemorated in all 14 regions as a pilot project that aims to “bring the elected closer to those who voted for them.”
Speaking during the launch, NC Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams said the true purpose of the initiative is to enhance democracy by encouraging elected officials to meaningfully interact with the Namibian people.
She said the aim of the initiative is to strengthen the interaction between civil society and regional and local government through development committees, especially through constituency development committees (CDCs).
It will also provide a platform to hear citizens’ concerns; to witness the development of projects and to create and promote an understanding between leaders and their people.
Mensah-Williams emphasised that the prosperity of a nation depends on the involvement of all citizens, and national development can only be achieved by involving everyone.
“The overall objective of Constituency Week is mainly to support bottom-up decentralisation by strengthening the interaction between communities and local and regional authorities through development committees,” she noted.
The activities for the week will include panel discussions where political and community leaders from constituencies will discuss issues related to decentralisation.
She also noted that in order to ensure that CDCs are implementing planned projects, it is important that Constituency Week is institutionalised to assist local and regional authorities in developing strategic and operational plans with the aim of optimising the outreach activities through these developmental committees.
Councillors will also use Constituency Week to discuss pertinent Bills and issues prevailing within communities, while small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and income-generating projects will hold community enterprise exhibitions in all 14 regions.