Dienda says decentralisation has failed

15 Jul 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - DTA of Namibia Member of Parliament (MP) Elma Dienda says the decentralisation process has partly failed because it has not been fully implemented.
She said this during a debate on the slow implementation of the decentralisation policy in the National Assembly on Wednesday, saying the protracted implementation has resulted in ineffective service delivery.
The decentralisation policy was put in place in April 1998 for implementation by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Housing.
The ultimate aim of the policy is to devolve agreed responsibilities, functions and resource capacity to regional and local governments within the framework of a unitary state based on national ideas and values.
Decentralisation is aimed at enhancing and guaranteeing democratic participation of people at grassroots level in order to achieve sustainable democratic development.
Dienda said municipal governance in Namibia is in a state of paralysis while service delivery is in a state of dysfunction.
“A lot of allegations of corruption and maladministration are being reported. This you can see reported in the daily newspapers, such as people being appointed who did not have required qualifications,” she noted.
She further suggested that regional councillors promote debate about development in their respective regions.
The DTA MP further expressed unhappiness about the pricing of service delivery by town and village councils, saying some village councils are charging exorbitant prices for service delivery, which affects the poorest of the poor.
“We have areas like Tses where 90 per cent of the population is unemployed, yet it is a proclaimed a village council. The village council is also incapable of providing basic services to these people at a price they can afford,” Dienda said.
Speaking in support of Dienda, Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, James Sankwasa expressed concern that although the regional council receives a budget, no budget is allocated to regional councils for the development of their constituencies.
This, he noted has resulted in the regional councils not being able to develop constituencies, meaning it is left up to central government to develop the constituencies.