Kenya, Uganda call for regional local authorities body

Muranga- Kenya (PANA) -- Civic leaders from Kenya and Uganda Saturday night called for the formation of an East African local authorities association to strengthen the existing co-operation between the peoples of the two countries.
The call was made at Muranga town in central Kenya during a reception held in honour of 10 civic leaders from the Ugandan city of Entebbe who have been on a week long tour of the area.
Entebbe deputy mayor, Margaret Masembe, and Mayor James Waweru of Muranga said that co-operation and friendship among East Africans under the auspices of the East African Community (EAC) should be nurtured.
"The co-operation and friendship among East Africans should not be taken for granted but should be nurtured as a tool of mass mobilisation to educate the people on the need for hard work to achieve development," they said.
They two civic leaders were of the view that all people within the EAC should be facilitated to interact and exchange ideas freely, as this would accord them opportunities to learn from each other.
Masembe called on the authorities in the EAC economic regional block to involve women, the youth and members of the marginalised minorities in social, political and economic programmes in order to accelerate development.
She noted that relations between Uganda and Kenya were cordial.
She asked the citizens of both countries to take advantage of the existing relations and exploit the available industrial and business opportunities.
Mayor Waweru announced that Kenya would soon amend her Local Government Act to conform to the changing times.
He said once the amendments - which will include the granting of more autonomy to local authorities - were in place, civic bodies will be able to improve service delivery to the people.
Waweru lauded the Entebbe City authorities for incorporating community involvement in local authority operations, saying the Muranga city council would do the same in its operations.

27 may 2001 13:51:00

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