The Ministry of local government is working on a code of conduct for councillors to deal with negative tendencies in councils.
Minister Lebonaamang Mokalake of Local government made the announcement at the inaugural forum of chairpersons and Mayors held in Gaborone on Monday.
A transparency and ethics committee would also be established.
According to the Minister this development would help improve service delivery in councils.
Mokalake said his Ministry was faced with a number of challenges ranging from poor implementation and supervision of projects, poor coordination of programmers, social safety nets not impacting positively on intended beneficiaries, poor staff supervision, poor collaboration and engagement amongst Councillors and failure to effectively deal with financial issues particularly revenue collection, hence the need for a code of conduct.
“Other issues include perceived corruption especially at Councils which leads to poor project delivery and cost over runs,” he pointed out.
The Minister said he was particularly concerned about poor performance of Council staff, which he said manifest itself in the insensitive way the staff deal with customers, their negative attitudes towards work and downright disregard of ethical considerations in customer care.
“One of the performance issues that are of great concern is the wholesale attendance of full council meetings by all staff members. This clearly disrupts council business and does not auger well for service delivery on your part as councils,” the Minister said.
According to a press statement from the Ministry of Local government, the forum is constituted to amongst others, promote dialogue between the central and local level political leadership and act as a clearing house for policy and legislative issues in readiness for outside consumption and implementation.