NGOCC submits its position on the Political Parties Bill to Minister of Justice

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NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale
NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale
The Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has submitted its position on the Political Parties Bill to Minister of Justice Given Lubinda after a thorough analysis.

Speaking during the submission at the Ministry of Justice in Lusaka today, NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said the Political Parties Bill in its current form is generally not progressive for the promotion and nurturing of Zambia’s young democracy hence the need to review it before it is taken to Parliament.

Ms. Mwale also said the Bill offers both negative and positive provisions that will affect Zambia’s democracy adding that once the legislation is enacted it has the potential to suppress the democratic space especially for opposition political parties.

“The Political Parties Bill in its current form is generally not progressive for the promotion and nurturing of Zambia’s young democracy hence the need to review it before it is taken to Parliament” Ms. Mwale said

And receiving the submission, Justice Minister Given Lubinda applauded NGOCC for contributing to the enhancement of transparency and accountability in the operations of political parties.

Mr. Lubinda urged stakeholders to view the provision of the law to direct operations of political parties as an opportunity for Zambia to progress in its democratic programme.

The Minister seized the occasion to remind Civil Society Organizations in Zambia (CSOs) of their obligation of providing checks and balances in the twin process of democratization and governance.

“I want to advice stakeholders to view the provision of the law to direct operations of political parties as an opportunity for Zambia to progress in its democratic programme” Lubinda said

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  1. We are. On the wiser on the content of their submission. Personally I believe the best way to nurture Zambia’s young democracy is to revert to a One Party State to put focus on unity…..until Opposition Parties grow into mature politicians as currently, all they want is to use conflict, to overthrow legitimatly elected govn’t.

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  2. Although the UPND activities in Southern province are like that of the fabled Lumpa church, it would be wrong to formulate any legislation targeted at them

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  3. BE CAREFUL WITH MOST OF THESE SO CALLED NGOs……………..

    It was reported in New African magazine that Britain’s chief of staff, General Charles Guthrie told Cole Moreton in an interview

    ‘’how Britain’s Prime minister, Tony Blair came close to invading Zimbabwe in a bid to restore white privilege.’’

    It was also reported in the same issue:

    ‘’As part of the regime change in Zimbabwe, the American embassy in Harare has been deliberately engineering the mushrooming of NGOs and CSOS which are hostile to the government, by offering to finance them, according to a document unearthed from the archives.’’

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