The Thyolo district council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the district in a bid to improve service delivery.
Thyolo District Commissioner Charles Thombozi made the commitment on Wednesday during the signing ceremony of at a function held at the Boma.
Thombozi said the council appreciated the role the CSOs play in the socio-economic development of the district hence making the decision to partner with them.
“As a council we have gaps in the service delivery which could easily be filled by the CSOs. We do have our own bureaucracies that delay service delivery and because of that these organizations will come in to help improve the delivery of services in the district,” said Thombozi.
Thombozi added that the MOU has sealed a partnership which will result in a two way process as the council will be able to check and monitor the activities of these NGOs.
He therefore asked the CSOs to start reporting to his office on the progress of their projects as this would promote transparency and accountability.
In his remarks, Chairperson for the CSOs network in the district Willard Mwambo commended the council for accepting to work with them as this would reduce the gaps that were there in terms of service delivery.
“This MOU will help us work hand in hand with the council effective in delivering different services. We will also be able to monitor how the council is performing at grassroots level.
“This is not a fault finder but rather it is a seal that will cement our working relationship in ensuring that there are checks and balances in all our undertakings as a council,” said Mwambo.
The function, which was graced by councillors, traditional leaders, District Executive Committee members and the Media was supported by the Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI).