Govt launches NGO registration board
Lusaka, Feb 28/13, ZANIS ——Government has launched the Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Registration Board which will be charged with the responsibility to monitor operations of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Speaking during the launch, Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister, Joseph Katema, said the regulation board is expected to perform, among other functions, register, maintain and approve the area of work of NGOs operating in Zambia as well as recommend rules and procedures for the audit of NGOs accounts.
Dr Katema explained that the government under took a consultative approach which involved stake holder representatives, civil society organisations and cooperating partners.
He said based on the consultations, government constituted a technical working group from NGOs and government line ministry tasked to develop a road map for the operationalisation of the NGO Act.
Dr Katema said the road map included the formation of three subcommittees, namely the operations and mapping, council and congress and the legal subcommittees to look at specific issues leading to the formation of the board.
He said the subcommittees focused on issues relating to the mapping of NGOs, preparations for holding of the NGO congress as well as highlighting and addressing some of the legal impediments in the NGO Act.
And NGO Registration Board Chairperson, Charity Musamba commended government for the initiative, saying the move is not an easy one as it comes with some challenges.
Dr Musamba further said the regulation of NGOs is done for the betterment of the country and for the generation to come, not for self seeking.