Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa says it is saddening that councils in the region always want to call on the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit whenever there is a disaster.
Mr. Chilangwa says it is unfortunate that the local authorities in the province always look to government through the DMMU when faced with a calamity and wondered what the councils plan for in their budgets.
He observed that councils receive Local government equalization funds ( LGEFs) in which 20 percent of the funds is for capital projects and wondered where councils take the money when they cannot address issues that affect communities.
ZANIS reports that the Provincial Minister said this when he addressed planners from deferent councils in the province in Samfya yesterday.
He said it is sad that even when the councils make a lot of money through other means councils still fail to buy small but necessary things like dust bins in towns.
Mr Chilangwa has since ordered councils not to purchase any vehicle without the approval of the provincial Permanent Secretary.
He warned that he will not take kindly any lazy council and urged councils to be innovative and generate more revenue to develop the districts.
“ Time has come for councils not sit idle but come up with projects and work with investors and generate resources and better the lives of people in their district, “ he said.