National Council MPs ask what happened to Constituency Development Fund Bill approved three years ago

National Council MPs ask what happened to Constituency Development Fund Bill approved three years ago
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Lawmakers in the National Council say the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Bill they approved three years ago and referred back to the National Assembly, is yet to be passed.
They say the bill would ensure adequate funding of constituencies' developmental projects and uplift the lives of the communities.
It would completely decentralise the CDF to ensure constituencies have money to implement projects approved by regional boards.
Tabling the National Council Audit Committee Report, SWAPO lawmaker Lebbius Tobias alleged that at times, the executive ignores the Council's reports and recommendations.
Tobias said regional councillors are being accused of not doing anything to uplift the communities at the grassroots level, while they are in fact not provided with resources to assist the people.
The Chairperson of the National Council promised to get to the bottom of the issue, stressing that the CDF speaks to the decentralisation policy and should be considered.
Chairperson Margret Mensah-Williams said she would take up the lack of feedback on the Constituency Fund with Urban and Rural Development Minister, Peya Mushelenga, and the president, if it is not resolved.