420 NGOs register under NGO Act

Government has disclosed that 420 nongovernmental organizations have paid and collected the registration forms countrywide in line with the NGO Act No. 16 of 2009.

Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya in a statement issued to QFM News says of the 420 NGOs 149 have been issued with certificates of registration.

Mr Kapeya says from the captured figures so far, it is clear that a large majority of NGOs have complied with the law by commencing the registration under the NGO Act.

He adds that Government is aware of the concerns that have been raised by some NGOs regarding some of the legal impediments within the NGO Act No. 2009 that need to be addressed.
Mr Kapeya says Government is committed to review the NGO Act as stated in the PF Manifesto and that this issue is scheduled to be tabled before Cabinet.

He however, says that since the NGO Act is already law which needs to be adhered to in its current form and force, Government has commenced the registration process of the NGOs as a way of operationalizing the Act while the review process will follow while it is being implemented.

Mr Kapeya adds that consultations with stakeholders, including the Council of NGOs, on the review of the NGO Act are on course and a roadmap has since been developed to commence the process.