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UPDATED: 09:06, November 07, 2006
Zambia's opposition-dominated councils urged to work with central gov't
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The Zambian government Monday urged the opposition-dominated local authorities to work with the central government.

Local Government and Housing Minister Sylvia Masebo said here that the councils cannot operate effectively if they divorced themselves from the central government.

She said that attempts by the councils to distance themselves from the central government would be unwelcome because such moves would translate into the frustration of efforts to deliver services to residents.

She said it is vitally important for the councils to get instructions from the government as opposed to getting defiant and opposing instructions from their respective party leaders.

Masebo said civic leaders are expected to operate within the confines of the law contrary to abiding by verbal instructions.

The opposition Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata is reported as having directed Lusaka Mayor Susan Nakazwe to dissolve the board at Lusaka City Market which is suspected to be dominated by cadres from the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) and replace it with a PF board because the MMD board is allegedly "corrupt."

Masebo said that civic leaders have a mammoth task to develop their respective communities hence they should put aside partisan politics.

The minister said the government is in a hurry to accelerate development and deliver the required social service to the people.

Source: Xinhua

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