30 January 2013

Zambia: 'Councillors' Ban Won't Affect UNWTO Preps'

THE recent suspension of councillors at the Livingstone City Council will not have any negative impact on the city's preparations for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly, Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi has said.

Ms Kabanshi said the suspension would not affect service delivery that the council offered to the people.

Speaking to journalists in Livingstone after launching a garden campaign on cleanliness on Monday, Ms Kabanshi said the councillors misdirected themselves and wondered whether their decision was influenced by their political parties.

She said the suspension of the council would remain in force until a 90-day period elapsed after which it would be reviewed.

She reiterated that the suspended councillors had no right to recommend for the suspension of chief officers at the council.

"The Government wants the councillors to follow procedure. The suspended councillors had no right to suspend the chief officers at the council in Livingstone," she said.

Ms Kabanshi said she would not tolerate indiscipline from any council and alleged that the Livingstone Mayor and his councillors were working against management of the council.

She said even the Patriotic Front-run councils were not spared from being disciplined if they erred.

Recently, Local Government Association of Zambia president Daniel Chisenga also supported Ms Kabanshi's decision to suspend the council.

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