23 May 2018

Botswana: WDC Membership Requires Commitment

Lobatse — Member of Parliament for Lobatse, Advocate Sadique Kebonang says being a community leader requires commitment as well as sacrifice and dedication.

Advocate Kebonang said this at the Ward Development Committee (WDC) workshop for newly elected members on May 22, saying failure to be committed and dedicated could result in delayed implementation as well as uptake of government programmes.

He advised new members on their role as WDC members, saying among others, it was to promote local governance and engaging communities in development planning by using the bottom-up approach.

Furthermore, he said the roles came with challenges, and he, therefore, emphasised the importance of the workshop, saying it would capacitate members with ways to succeed in dealing with challenges.

He also encouraged members to utilise community development officers and other public officers as they were trained to facilitate community development initiatives.

He explained that WDC were part of government efforts to deepen and encourage participatory governance where ordinary citizens must continue to play an active role in the affairs of local government.

He encouraged and urged members to work as a team and share a common purpose in order to develop their town.

He expressed his concern at members who often surfaced only during paid sessions, saying the behaviour hindered effective service delivery.

Meanwhile, Lobatse Town Council principal community development officer, Mr Gerald Mahumba cautioned members to resist from aligning themselves with politics as that hindered developments.

He stressed that members should work closely with public officers for the development of the town.

Mr Mahumba said the workshop was expected to equip new members with skills and guidelines and regulations on what was expected of them as members of WDC.

The newly elected members were orientated on leadership, conflict resolution, resource mobilisation, community-based planning, local economic development as well as anti-corruption.

The workshop was themed: Empowerment for sustainable development; Building a stronger community.

Source : BOPA

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