An election activist Unandi Banda has asked the government to set minimum qualifications for those aspiring to be ward councillors if those elected are to protect public money in councils.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Banda, who heads the National Elections Systems NGO, said council officials abuse public money meant for development work because they take advantage that most of those who sit on area development committees and village development are semi literate.
“The council staff are highly educated, most of them have first degrees and they are dealing with people without any qualifications. It is easier to manipulate them and abuse the public funds,” said Banda igniting a fresh debate on whether there is need to set minimum qualifications for ward councillors, elected officials at primary development level.
Currently the law does not provide minimum qualifications for councillors.
“This is a serious challenge. Uneducated councillors cannot be able to track down how public money is used,” he said.
Government is yet to respond to the proposal by Banda on minimum qualifications for ward councillors.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :