30 May 2016 18:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 30 MAY (NAMPA) Leaders of the Zambezi Region have been urged to work together to implement and develop Government projects aimed at eradicating unemployment and poverty, especially in rural areas.
On Saturday, chairperson of Swapo-party national leaders assigned to the region, Tjekero Tweya voiced concern that allocated project money cannot continue to be returned to Treasury at the end of each financial year, adding that this is why regional and local authority council leaders need to work hand-in-hand with traditional authorities for development to take shape.
Tweya, who was speaking at a meeting with regional leaders, said complaints that Zambezi is the least developed region in the country, stem from leaders and officials failing to see eye-to-eye on how to implement projects or where these projects are to be set up.
Tweya, who is also the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, said for the 2016/2017 financial year, Zambezi has been allocated N.dollars 558 million for capital projects and construction, which means that nobody should be claiming that nothing is happening.
So many are claiming that nothing is happening in the Zambezi Region. How possible is this when each constituency has an approved budget for their desired projects? It is for this that we leaders need to be focused on decisions that must implement such projects, as there was a need for it, he said.
Tweya broke down the regional budget, saying N.dollars 116 million is set aside for upgrading of the Isize -Luhonono gravel road; N. dollars 60 million for setting up green scheme projects; and N.dollars 45 million for the rural water supply coverage and secondary pipeline construction.
Tweya said another N.dollars 57 million is budgeted for the Katima Mulilo-Cape Fria railway line, adding that millions for service infrastructure such as water, electricity and sewerage networks is earmarked for Bukalo, Sangwali, Lusese, Ngoma, Chinchimani and Kongola.
Construction of the constituency offices at Linyanti and Kabbe South is also budgeted for.
The budget is there but many of you are not focused to ensuring that these projects are implemented. The top officials at villages and local authority councils including chief regional officers are not doing their work to implement these decisions, he lamented.
Tweya also called on the regional leaders to respect traditional authorities chiefs and headmen, as they are the final people to decide on whether or not to allocate land in their communal lands to the capital projects.
Councillors, respect the traditional authorities so that whatever projects are needed to be set up in those areas, will be done so without hindrance.