The Minister for local government says nepotism and tribalism are vices which have contributed to the poor performance in local authorities.Sylvia Masebo says this has led to misapplication of government grants to councils.
She said this is despite a sharp rise in government grants to local authorities over the last four years.
Ms. Masebo also noted that most of the councils have employed ill qualified staff.
The Minister was speaking when she addressed Town Clerks, Mayors, Districts Administrative officers and council secretaries from 70 districts.
This was at a consultative meeting on the re-establishment of the local government service commission.
The local government service commission will oversee the employment of workers in councils to ensure qualified people are recruited.
And the National Housing Authority (NHA) may be forced to scale down the construction of houses in Lusaka due to lack of land.
Public Relations Manager, Tamika Mulenga told ZNBC news that the Authority has already exhausted the land in the capital city.
Mrs. Mulenga said the Housing Authority will now concentrate on building houses in other parts of the country.
This will also include the 300 housing units in Solwezi scheduled to take off early next year.
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