Govt failure to fund councils is negative and good, says PF mayor

The  recent withdrawal of grants to councils by the Government will negatively affect the operations of local authorities, Livingstone Deputy Mayor Fred Sikazwe has said.

Mr Sikazwe, who is Patriotic Front (PF) Akapelwa Ward Councilor, said most councils were going to be struggling in paying their workers following the removal of Government grants.

He however said the decision to stop giving grants to councils was a good one as it would motivate the local authorities to work hard.

Speaking in an interview in Livingstone, Mr Sikazwe said most council in the country had the capacity to generate revenue even without grants if only they planned properly and were disciplined.

“We are going to see some councils struggling especially to pay their workers, but this must however teach them and give them ideas on how to broaden their revenue base,” Mr Sikazwe said.

He said though councils had a lot of challenges in terms of smooth running of operations countrywide, the removal of grants by government must be embraced and used as a motivating factor for working hard.

Mr Sikazwe said that councils had a lot of challenges in the past due to over dependence on grants adding that the local authorities had the capacity to generate income to sustain themselves.

He it was time for councils to wake up and come up with plans of raising money.

 

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