Southern District Orientates Councillors

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The newly elected Southern District councillors have been urged to ensure that their council has structured mechanisms of accountability to local communities.

The Southern District Council attorney, Ms Sylvia Matenge appealed to new councillors during an orientation on November 3. She said it was their responsibility to ensure the council met the priority needs of the communities by providing services equitably, effectively and sustainably within the means of the council.

Mrs Matenge urged councillors to consistently report back to communities on council matters including its performance in terms of established key performance indicators, adding that duties of councillors included to provide a linkage between the council and the community through bringing people’s needs and development priorities to council for inclusion in development pans and budgets.

She stated that they should participate in council decision-making and policy formulation and assist in implementing them through monitoring and evaluation of projects within their wards, aising them to attend Village Development Meetings and other village committees where possible to get maximum feedback.

She appealed to councillors to perform their functions in good faith, honestly and in a transparent manner at all times in accordance with principles of good governance.

However, councillors were informed that council chairperson derived power from the act and standing orders therefore they were presiding officers of councils and responsible for chairing all meetings of full council and are charged with ensuring that the council’s regulations are implemented.

She appealed to them to elect a chairperson who is capable, faithful, and reliable and with visionary leadership, noting that they should avoid electing people on party lines, rather someone who will provide leadership in the management of council affairs.

They were aised to obey council Standing Orders during full council proceedings. She appealed to them to read and understand standing orders, adding that they will guide them in council businesses.

Concerning dress code, they were aised to dress formally when attending full council meetings and should not put on party uniforms when coming to council meetings.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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