Service delivery programmes play critical role: Pohamba

07 Oct 2013 11:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 07 OCT (NAMPA) – The participation of traditional authorities in service delivery programmes implemented by Government plays a critical role in the regional development of Namibia.
This is according to President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who spoke during the opening of the 16th annual meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here on Monday.
Pohamba however indicated that such programmes are not being properly introduced to the relevant regional councillors and traditional authorities and as a result, complaints have been received from the authorities about developmental programmes being introduced without their knowledge.
“This is not what coordination and cooperation means and I therefore call upon the ministers to ensure that when programmes are introduced in specific areas in the regions, those who represent the communities should be informed in advance,” he said.
The President further stated that it is imperative that all traditional authorities establish community trust funds as provided for in the Traditional Authorities Act.
He said such trust funds are intended to serve as vehicles for traditional authorities to mobilise resources and raise funds as authorised by the Act.
“Through the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, our Government will set aside funds to be used as its contributions to community trust funds. I wish to emphasise that the resources accruing to these trust funds from various sources are utilised to address social and economic challenges facing the communities,” Pohamba said.
He also noted that there is a possibility for authorities to establish the funds by asking the people who they lead to make a contribution, or by taxing them.