ZILGA commends ALAN’s approach to development

13 Jul 2016 13:00pm
OSHAKATI, 13 JUL (NAMPA) - The Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Local Government Association (ZILGA) has applauded the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) for the approach it is taking towards development.
Rodgers Mozhentiy lauded ALAN in his address during the Namibian association’s 57th congress at Oshakati last week.
“A participatory approach centred on community engagement is the way to go in the alleviation and eventual eradication of poverty through the realisation of economic development,” he said.
The ZILGA Secretary-General also spoke about the importance of mature and beneficial relationships between political leaders such as mayors and public servants, based on mutual respect and unity of purpose in serving the public.
“A lack of respect, poor information flow and failure to recognise the functional boundaries of politicians and officials lead to strained relations between the two leaderships and would often threaten to slow down the progress of a local authority as the two leaderships misdirect their energies and waste time on endless quarrels, bickering and confrontation,” he said.
Mozhentiy said local authorities should strive to create smart partnerships which encourage local level participation in development challenges as it is also through such smart partnerships that accountability and transparency is achieved.
The congress started Wednesday and ended Saturday with the election of the association’s new president, Oshakati Mayor Katrina Shimbulu. She will lead the association for the next five years.
Gabriel Freyer was elected as ALAN vice-president.