Take heed of opposition’s advice, govt tells councils
The Prime Minister’s Office has issued instructions to all executives in district and municipal councils in the country to take seriously ideas which opposition parties give because it is their duty to remind the government about shortcomings.
This was said by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Aggrey Mwanri when addressing development stakeholders in Iringa district, including political parties’ representatives.
Mwanri said if opposition parties did not raise voice against corrupt officials squandaring council money issued for implementation of various development projects, the councils would lose direction.
“All council executives, from directors, heads of departments, councillors and even Chama Cha Mapinduzi leaders should take note of what is being raised by the opposition political parties. Don’t look at who said what, but whether what they said makes sense,” said Mwanri.
In another development, Mwanri has warned councillors in Iringa municipality and Iringa Rural district council against ‘begging’ money from executives, arguing that the malpractice caused them to fail to take disciplinary measures against those who underperformed or engaged in acts which might attract disciplinary action.
“You should desist from receiving money from council officials, because you will then kill your power to question them, to discipline them. Each one of you must stand firm,” said Mwanri.
Furthermore, he challenged councillors to fulfill well their duty of following up on corruption in tender committees as was indicated in the report by the Controller and Auditor General that in 2010 there was misappropriation of over 680m/-.