THE Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health says it is still awaiting correspondence from the Ministry of Justice on the implementation of the Non Governmental Organisation Act of 2009.
Community Development Mother and Child Health deputy Minister Jean Kapata said the response from the Ministry of Justice would determine the fate of all NGOs that have rejected to register under the Act.
Ms Kapata said registration had since closed and that the NGOs that had not yet registered would have themselves to blame if deregistered.
“We have not yet received a response from the Ministry of justice and we are still waiting for their advice but I should remind all the NGOs that have not registered with the NGO Act that they will themselves to blame if they are de-registered. “She said.
The Non Governmental Organisations’Coordinating Council NGOCC chairperson Beatrice Grillo said her organisation was willing to dialogue with Government if such a platform was created.
Ms Grillo welcomed the move by Government to regulate all NGOs but opposed to being regulated under a law whose sole purpose appears to be to register and de-register NGOs and adds no value either the country’s democracy or the NGO sector.
Over 460 NGOs risk being de-registered if the Ministry of Justice responded in favour of the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health.
However Ms Grillo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday the civil society groups would continue to operate under the current Act.
“We are not affected in any way and our programmes have continued to run smoothly, however I must state that we are not refusing to be regulated all we need is to dialogue with Government.
Government had set February 3 as the deadline for regisration by NGOs under the new Act adding that any NGOs that would not abide by the decree risked being de-registered.