Municipal strategic planning sessions questionable

2016-09-02 06:00

THE Greater Kokstad Municipality came under fire at a council meeting on Tuesday when Economic Freedom Fighters councillors questioned the importance of a strategic planning session that was held at a holiday resort outside Kokstad, for new councillors.

EFF councillor Dumisani Dlamini asked why the municipality arranged the session before new councillors agreed on the budget.

“Before calling a strategic planning session, the municipality should have waited for the official handover of former councillors and for budget approval by new councillors.

“Council should have overseen the budget before attending the planning session. Instead of paying extra money for accommodation and food at the resort, they should have considered using municipality boardrooms, which are supposed to be used to save costs,” said Dlamini.

EFF councillors didn’t attend the session because procedures were not followed, this according to Dlamini.

Speaker Zolani Mhlongo called Dlamini to order and advised him not to question the issue because it was not on the agenda.
Mhlongo said if councillors want to raise a motion in council they must send him a proposal 12 hours before a council sitting.

Mayor Beki Mtolo said it was important for the municipality to call councillors for strategic planning sessions.

“GKM is the only municipality in the province that has gone far with orientation of its councillors. This shows that the municipality is effective and competent and the new municipality leadership wants to hit the ground running.”During the sitting council committees were elected.

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