Second decentralisation consultative forum held in the capital

25 Jul 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development held a second Decentralisation Consultative Policy meeting with key line ministries, regional councils and other stakeholders in Windhoek on Thursday.
The two-day meeting was aimed at empowering sub-national government by transferring certain functions, decision making powers along with related resources from central government to sub-national government level.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga said the decentralisation policy is an important government initiative aimed at improving government’s ability to render public services in an effective and efficient manner.
“Namibia, being a unitary State there must be harmony between the local and national development priorities and equally important, the relationship between central and sub-national government must naturally be characterised by the spirit of cooperation and common purpose, rather than competition,” the minister said.
He added that sub-national government, comprised of regional and local authority councils, is strategically established to serve as a channel for development and public service delivery due to unique knowledge and proximity to local communities.
Mushelenga further added that the efficiency of a government to a large extent is determined by the effectiveness of its local structures and said there is a need to nurture a culture of mutual cooperation and communication between regional councils and line ministries.
He noted that a number of critical functions such as rural water supply and sanitation; primary and secondary education, communal land management and the maintenance of government infrastructure, amongst others, have been decentralised to regional councils.
“I call upon some ministries earmarked for decentralisation to accelerate their decentralisation plans to give effect and meaning to our national policy of decentralisation,” he said.
The first Decentralisation Consultative Forum was held in Windhoek on 27 March 2018.