DELEGATES at the just ended 60th Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) and 13th Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders Initiative for Community Action on HIV and AIDS at Local Level (AMICAALL) General Assembly held at Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone have recommended for the realignment of the Fire Brigades component in local authorities to make it more responsive to disasters.
The delegates recommended that the Fire Brigades must be detached from the Engineering Departments of local authorities in the country considering that their functions had little to do with matters of engineering.
They said there was need for the Fire Brigades to concentrate on the disaster risk management functions including the mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change.
This is according to the resolutions made by 530 Mayors, Council Chairpersons, Councillors, Town Clerks, Council Secretaries, Council officials, Senior Government officials and Cooperating Partners at the just ended joint 60th LGAZ and 13th AMICAALL General Assembly.
The Local Government Service Commission (LGAZ) must be approached with a view to exploring ways and means of establishing a separate department for the Fire Brigades as opposed to the current arrangement,” the delegates said.
Delegates also commended President Edgar Lungu for his commitment to mitigate AIDS in the local authorities.
President Lungu directed that the devotion of the AIDS Coordination functions be concluded without further delay by ensuring that the District AIDS Coordinating Advisors (DACA) were transferred to local authorities.
The Head of State said the move was necessary to safeguard the achievements which the country had made in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Mr Lungu noted with satisfaction that mayors, council chairmen and municipal leaders had committed themselves to develop strategies and activities in their respective areas to contribute to the global goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
He said this in Livingstone in a speech read for him by Local Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kapyongo at the official opening of the 60th conference of the Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ).