In a move seemingly aimed at increasing control of Councils, Local Government Minister July Moyo has directed Council to invite central government officials to all major Council meetings.
The Minister instructed Council of this directive in a letter read to the last Full Council meeting.
The letter, addressed to Mayors and Chairpersons of Urban Councils “directed that Mayors and Chairpersons of Urban Councils issue a standing
invitation to relevant Provincial Development Co-ordinator, District Development Co-ordinator or their designated officers”.
These officers are supposed “to attend all Committees, and Full Council Meetings with immediate effect”, reads the directive.
“The Chamber Secretary is tasked in ensuring that the agenda for all meetings is dispatched to the Provincial Development Co-ordinator and District Development Co-ordinator to enable them to attend the meetings”.
According to Moyo the directive was given in the national interest to ensure that all tiers of government operated legally and in harmony with each other.
Council has however expressed dissatisfaction with the directive.
Councilors have since recommended that Council legal personnel look into the legality of the directive.