President Edgar Lungu says he is not happy with the slow pace at which the decentralisation process was being implemented.
President Lungu said there was too much bureaucracy in the implementation of the decentralisation process.
He said that he would table the issue of decentralisation to Cabinet for further discussion in order to explore avenues of how to speed up the process.
The Head of State pointed out that there is urgent need to take power to the people.
“Power does not belong to the top, it belongs to the people below, both in political and also in governance sense. We will not achieve much as long as we leave the people below. UNIP, MMD talked about decentralisation but nothing much was achieved. We are also moving slowly.” he said.
President Lungu said this at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport today before departure for Livingstone where he will officiate at the Local Government Annual Conference.
He further added that the decentralisation process would be talked about at the conference and also how councils can improve operations and work effectively.
Mr Lungu urged councils to devise means of raising money to fund operations because grants were not working.