Department of Local Government Administration
|Department of Local Government Administration|
The Department of Local Government Administration (LGA) facilitates the co-ordination of the ten (10) Provincial Offices under the Provincial Local Government Officers, 89 Local Authorities, oversees the welfare and installation 286 traditional rulers and the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute. The Department is also responsible for the National Fire Training School and the Gwembe Special Fund. As a Department, which is in charge of Local Authorities, the essence of the Department is to ensure that the standards of living of the people in the 89 Local Authorities is uplifted through the provision of quality services by the Local Authorities.
The Department is mandated under the current Government institutional set-up (Government Gazette Notice No. 46 of 1992) with the responsibility of co-ordinating local government administration, including superannuation fund, training, shopping hours, theatres and cinemas, rates and rent control and chiefs affairs. It is also charged with the responsibility of developing sector policies and programmes to facilitate the effective and efficient implementation of Government programmes in Local Government Administration and Decentralisation.
To ensure that Local Authorities deliver quality services and are transparent and accountable in the provision of services to the local communities.
In order to fulfil its mandate the Department of Local Government Administration has six (6) main objectives that include:-
To monitor the operations of the liquor licensing boards and the Provincial Local Government Appeals Boards.
To co-ordinate and monitor the operations and performance Local Authorities in the provision of services to the local communities
To ensure that Local Authorities enforce and apply the laid down conditions of service for their employees.
To ensure that local authorities books of accounts are audited regularly.
To ensure that Local Authorities and other stakeholders� architectural plans comply with laid down fire safety regulations.
To ensure that Local Authorities adhere to, enforce and apply laid down regulations in their operations.