Govt To Use New Act To Clamp Down On Local Authorities

Govt To Use New Act To Clamp Down On Local Authorities
Published: 2016 September 05 05:05:17 (1988 Views)



The newly amended Local Government Laws Act will abolish bottlenecks that existed in handling disciplinary cases of alleged corruption involving mayors, councillors and chairpersons of councils, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Permanent Secretary Engineer George Mlilo has said.


Eng Mlilo recently said the Act, which was now operational, would reveal all the shenanigans existing by dealing directly with local authorities and culprits being brought to book.


"The Constitution is too broad and complex to follow and people misinterpret it the way they want. The Act makes it simple as everyone can understand and follow. We can now apply the Act much more appropriately compared to the Constitution," he said.


"I believe all local authorities that were hiding behind the Constitution will have to change because now there is an Act that deals specifically with issues at hand and all the pending issues will be addressed by the ministry.


The amendment of the Local Government Laws Act allows for disciplinary procedures of mayors and councillors through the appointment of an independent tribunal.


Said Eng Mlilo: "The tribunal will be set as of when necessary. We don't have a tribunal for all local authorities.


"We will deal with each case as it comes."


According to Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, the legislation would cover all the 1 958 councillors in the 92 rural district councils.





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