(Melo Media, Tuesday, 7th November, 2023)
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has recently released guidelines for the preparation of Integrated Development Plans (IDPs), according to Permanent Secretary Maambo Hamaundu. These guidelines aim to provide a framework for the effective preparation of IDPs within the ministry.
Mr. Hamaundu, announced today that the ministry has released guidelines on the preparation of IDPs (Integrated Development Plans). He made this announcement while appearing before the Committee on Energy to address the Performance Audit Report on the Management of Water Resources.
Surprisingly, it has been found that only 50 percent of the councils currently have IDPs in place. These guidelines aim to encourage and assist the remaining councils in developing their own IDPs to ensure comprehensive and coordinated development within their respective areas.
These guidelines aim to assist councils in prioritizing water resource management in their implementation plans. Mr. Hamaundu emphasized the importance of these guidelines in ensuring that councils have comprehensive plans that address the management of water resources effectively.
One specific concern addressed by the Committee was the construction of infrastructure in water recharged protected areas. The Committee sought clarification on the Ministry’s stance regarding this issue.
During a committee meeting, the Permanent Secretary (PS) was questioned about the collaboration between the ministry and Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) to protect water recharged areas.