This is according to a statement issued by Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister Joseph Katema.
Dr Katema said he had extended the period in which NGOs could register under the NGO Act No. 16 of 2009 for another 60 days from November 12, 2013 to February 3, 2014.
He said the first deadline was on July 15, 2013 but his ministry extended it to November.
Dr Katema said up to November 11, this year, 300 NGOs had applied for registration.
“Subsequently, the NGO Registration Board approved and issued a total of 82 certificates of registration to NGOs that completed the registration process,” he said.
Dr Katema said his office had received numerous requests from NGOs and other stakeholders that the registration period be extended to allow some NGOs hold their general assemblies as they migrate to the NGO Act.
He said no NGO should be deemed illegal until the extended period for registration elapsed.
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