National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has said development will remain a far-fetched dream in areas that disregard councillors’ presence.
Mwanza Nice district civic education officer Paul Kanyenda said this last week during the performance review of councillor Godfrey Zamaheya of Mpandazi Ward in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthache in the district.
He said development plans in any area need councillors’ attention for effective implementation.
Said Kanyenda: “They [councillors] are responsible to present the needs to district councils where both government and non-governmental organisations funds are available.”
He said Nice is encouraging communities to present their needs to duty-bearers to achieve meaningful development.
The remarks also correspond with Zamaheya’s 2015-16 performance report.
Group Village Head Chiwembu, whose area did not benefit, promised to summon Zamaheya for the cause.
“Other villages have one or two development projects implemented. We have many needs, but our silence has cost us a lot. We will compile and present them to the councillor for assistance,” he said.
As part of contributions to the development projects in the area, Zamaheya urged communities to mould bricks, provide sand and stones in advance. n