Government should allocate budget to constituency offices:Mumbal

17 Oct 2013 10:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 17 OCT (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Coordinator for the //Karas Region, Matheus Mumbala is requesting Government to allocate a direct budget to constituency offices so as to execute development plans easily.
This should apply to all constituency offices across the country to allow councillors to prioritise the needs of communities, he told the media whilst addressing several issues affecting farmworkers in the region here on Wednesday.
Mumbala said instead of constituency offices receiving money through the regional councils’ offices’ budget, they need to get their money directly through a budget of their own.
“As a ruling party, we are responsible for directing our government, especially at this time when they are about to prepare the 2014/2015 budget.
We ask the comrades responsible to allocate a budget directly to the constituency offices for development. As you are aware, the electorates have high expectations for service delivery, but without a budget, the councillors are unable to deliver,” he stressed.
Mumbala said the constituency offices in this country rely too much on donations from the private sector to assist needy communities.
Although Government is the forerunner in assisting needy people in the country, a budget to constituency offices would be a bonus.
Seconding Mumbala’s point was !Nami≠Nus Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz, who felt that it would be easy for councillors to have their ‘own money’ as they know exactly what their people need.
He said councillors currently go around asking for donations such as food, clothes and building materials to help poor people, but this could easily be solved if they have their own budget.
Mumbala also condemned the recent Aussenkehr mass truck accident, where 139 workers of the Namibia Grape Export Company were injured when the carelessly-driven, overloaded, open vehicle overturned.
He thus called on all companies in the region to start respecting the wellbeing and dignity of their employees to avoid such incidents.
He also called on Government to speed up the proclamation of Noordoewer, Ariamsvlei, Aussenkehr and Rosh Pinah settlements into higher entities.
Mumbala further requested regional councillors to intervene in labour issues affecting farmworkers as these workers have allegedly lost confidence in labour unions.