Nchelenge, Aug 1, 2014, ZANIS…Luapula province minister Benson Kapaya says the absence of key personnel in Councils is frustrating government developmental efforts.
Brigadier General Kapaya says no meaningful development can be achieved in the absence of key staff such as the Director of Engineering as well as the Social and Physical Planner among other key positions in the councils.
He observed that most of the Councils in Luapula province and probably elsewhere in Zambia lack the services of qualified personnel for most key positions.
He said engineering services and the effective social and physical planning are an integral component of the development process especially for rural districts like Nchelenge that are in dire need of infrastructure.
Brig.Genl Kapaya who is also Chienge Member of Parliament however said the government through the Ministry of Local Government and Housing is working tirelessly to ensure that local authorities are adequately staffed.
The Provincial minister who was accompanied by Home Affairs Deputy Minister Nickson Chilangwa was speaking this afternoon when he visited the commercial plots sold by the council on the shores of Mweru Lake in Nchelenge district.
Earlier, Nchelenge District Council Secretary Mulowa Sishumba told the Provincial Minister that the poor staffing levels and the absence of key personnel in strategic positions was hindering development.
Mr. Sishumba said the local authority does not have a Director of Engineering and the Deputy and also lacks the services of the Social and Physical planner saying this was detrimental to development efforts by the council.
He observed that in order for the local authority to effectively plan and execute its mandates, its engineering and planning capabilities cannot be compromised.
Meanwhile, Luapula Province minister general Benson Kapaya has directed the Nchelenge District administration to immediately submit an execution plan to crop the stray dogs at the islands of Kilwa and Chisenga.
Unconfirmed reports reaching ZANIS in Nchelenge suggest that a child was recently attacked and eaten alive by the stray dogs at Isokowe Island on Mweru.