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Written by on November 23, 2021

The Council of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zambia says it is following the ongoing constitution of Ward Development Committees (WDCs) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committees taking or about to take place across the country with keen interest.

Council Chairperson McDonald Chipenzi says there is need for the Council to carry out an urgent audit of all the newly formed Ward Development Committees (WDCs) to ascertain whether or not the constitution and composition of these committees are in conformity with Section 36 of the Local Government Act.

Under this Act, the composition of the WDCs must have, among others, members of the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD), the marginalised and a local NGO working in that ward.

The Council has raised concerns over the possibility that during the constitution of the Committees, the provision of the act could have been left out hence the need to conduct an audit to ensure that the law is respected to the latter.

The Chairperson states that if decentralisation is to be appreciated and attract active participation of all sections of society, inclusiveness in all decentralisation structures must be assured and ensured.

Speaking during a meeting with officials from the Zambia Federation of Disability Organization (ZAFOD) over the weekend, Local Government and Rural Development Minister Gary Nkombo directed local authorities across the country to include persons with disabilities in the ongoing formation of Ward Development Committees (WDCS).

By Monica Aba Baidoo

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