MINALOC invites the public in districts’ evaluation
On Thursday, the Minister of Local Government James Musoni told the press that MINALOC has finalized preparations to conduct the evaluation of district performance contracts for the fiscal year-2011-12. The exercise has started on Wednesday and will end on July 14.
“During the process, we will assess implementation progress of all priorities and targets that districts committed themselves to in front of the President of the Republic,” Musoni said.
The workforce which is conducting the evaluation is divided into three teams covering 1 district each for a 2-day field visit. The teams are composed by director-generals of government institutions and their deputies, experts provided by public institutions, representatives of the civil society and the Private Sector Federation, etc.
However, the Minister stressed that everyone is welcome to independently evaluate the performance of the districts during the same period.
“This exercise is public. Everyone willing is free to monitor and report his appreciation”, Musoni said. “However, any information related to the best or worst performing districts must remain confidential until final analysis and validation is done.”
Requesting all the evaluators to keep these findings to themselves, Musoni said that early judgments may be proved wrong after final analysis, and this would discredit both the one who reported it and the evaluation team.
Musoni added that the evaluation promotes the spirit of competitiveness in achieving targets among districts, and helps to identify major challenges that impede effective implementation of local government targets, as well as appropriate solutions.
However, the Minister stressed that the main purpose performance contracts is not to score the best or worst performers, but instead to crosscheck what is happening on the ground with special attention to how citizens are involved in their developmental programs and filling in the gaps.