Pan-African Civic Educators Network (Pacenet) has urged community leaders and the citizenry to start demanding for improved service delivery by local government authorities if the country’s municipalities are to develop.
Pacenet through Zotheka project funded by Tilitonse Fund is currently engaging and orienting Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and non-state Actors on advocacy and good governance to ensure there is improvement in development service delivery at district level.
Speaking during a two-day workshop for CBOs from Luchenza Municipality Council Pacenet Executive Director, Steve Duwa bemoaned poor service delivery in the country’s municipalities.
Duwa said failure by communities to demand quality services has resulted in wastage of funds and resources meant for development as authorities are not being held accountable.
“Most municipalities like Luchenza don’t have proper structures befitting their status. There is a need to engage town and district
councils for good service deliveries. CBOs and other stakeholders need to work hand in hand with duty bearers on the management of projects through Local Development Fund (LDF) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF),” said Duwa.
He said the project focuses on theory of change to enhance the capacity of CBOs and non-state actors to ensure they are equally
empowered to perform with professionalism in providing checks and balances in the implementation of LDF and CDF funded projects.
“We want them (CBOs and non-state actors) to understand Zotheka project and be equipped with knowledge and advocacy skills. They need to be able to demand and push for implementation of development projects and quality delivery of services by the duty bearers such as Members of Parliament and Councilors,” added Duwa.
He said the project will help people to be coordinated in demanding services from authorities and ensure the country’s municipalities are upgraded.