NGOs defiant as mass deregistration looms

NGOs and Non-profits
NGOs and Non-profits
The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) says NGOs will not be compelled to register under the NGO Act despite government have started the process of deregistering organizations that failed to register during the extended period of registration.

NGOs that did not register have started receiving letters of deregistration, with one them being Action Aid Zambia.
ZCSD Executive Secretary Lewis Mwape has however appealed to the affected NGOs not to panic or worry because the NGO Act is not recognized by the mainstream NGOs.
Mr Mwape has told QFM News in an interview that NGOs that have not registered under the NGO Act are in a safer position than those that have registered because they will now be controlled by government.

Mr Mwape contends that government cannot deregister the NGOs that have not registered under the NGO Act.
He states that even with the publication of the names of organizations that have registered under NGO Act, NGOs will not be compelled to register.
Mr Mwape has maintained that the only NGOs that have registered under what he has termed as a ‘draconian’ Act are faith based organizations and not the mainstream organizations.
Speaking in a separate telephone interview, Zambia Youths Association in the Fight Against Corruption (ZYAFAC) Executive Director, Rickson Kanema, says it is disheartening to see how the PF government has turned its back on the NGOs that tirelessly campaigned for them.
Mr. Kanema explains that the NGOs are against the Act because some of the clauses contained in it such as the one which stipulates the de-registration of an NGO after serving a period of five years are unfavorable.
Mr. Kanema has since appealed to President Michael Sata and Community Development Mother and Child Health Minister Emerine Kabanshi to rescind the decision to de-register all un-registered NGOs in the country.

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