22 Sep 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 SEP (NAMPA) The Minister of Urban and Rural Development demanded an end to negative attitudes, rude behaviour and unprofessional conduct of regional leaders when approached by the public who enquire about developmental issues.
Sophia Shaningwa said this in a speech read on her behalf during the 2016 Kavango East Development Conference on the implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan in Divundu on Tuesday.
There is a negative perception that public servants take their time or are very slow in attending to the needs or complaints received from members of the public. I want to see an end to all these unbecoming behaviour, she said in the presentation made available to Nampa on Wednesday.
Shaningwa added that the majority of inhabitants within the Kavango East and West regions continue to live in squalor, deprivation and homelessness due to the slow implementation of services, particularly in the Kavango East Region.
In the 2014/15 financial year, Government allocated N.dollars 54 million for development purposes in the Kavango regions.
However, a huge portion of these funds were diverted from their initial purpose, she charged. These include operational expenses; subsistence and travel (S&T) allowances; and other unspecified non-essential expenses.
Recently, Shaningwa suspended the chief executive officers of the Rehoboth Town Council and Kalkrand Town Council on allegations of unlawfully benefiting from S&T claims and allegations of financial irregularities.
I wish to assure you that the ministry will do everything within its power to support the Kavango East Regional Council and the local authorities in fulfilling their mandate, she pledged.
She noted that her ministry will soon introduce performance agreements for all public functionaries to enhance performance and service delivery.
Shaningwa thus urged regional and town councils to adopt clear strategies that should contain effective measures that will improve and accelerate land delivery for ultra-low and middle-income earners across the country without delay.
As a line minister, I expect to get from you a plan that adequately responds to our mandate as ministry, regional council and local authority, she stated.