Government gives 75 days organisations that have breached the the Societies Act

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Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo
Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo

Home Affairs Minister Hon Stephen Kampyongo has announced a 75 day ultimatum within which all clubs, religious groups, community service societies, associations, political parties and pressure groups that have been defaulting their remittance of annual returns to pay k100 for each year they have defaulted.

Speaking during a press briefing at the Ministry of Home Affairs today, Hon Kampyongo warned that failure by any Society, Club or Association to pay the K100 amnesty fee within the stipulated period shall attract serious penalties.

“I am alarmed by the number of registered Societies that have been breaching some of the provisions of the Societies Act, Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia in terms of the remittance of annual returns.

“For failure to submit the returns, the Registrar of Societies is empowered by law to deregister the erring Society,” he said.

AND Hon Kampyongo stated that compliance with the exercise of ensuring that all defaulting Societies normalize their status will help to weed out dormant Societies and those operating illegally.

“I wish to request all Societies that have defaulted in their remittance of returns to report to the Office of the Registrar of Societies or the nearest National Registration Office in your district and pay k100 for each year you have defaulted to submit your annual returns. This exercise will help to weed out dormant Societies which have stopped operating and those operating illegally.

“I therefore wish to urge all Clubs, Religious groups, Community service societies, Associations, Political Parties and Pressure Groups to come forward a d normalise their registration status.

“May I be quick to mention that this amnesty will be effective from today, 13 February, 2018 to 30 April, 2018 after which the panalty charges of k6,000 shall apply,” warned Hon Kampyongo.

He also appealed to all religious groups and other Societies that are not yet registered with Registrar of Societies to ensure that they register in accordance with section 6 of the Societies Act to avoid breaking the law

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  1. Another PF scheme to get money and pay for their debts; Government or any sensible person is supposed to give a warning and a final warning without charging; charge after the final warning; Churches and organisations etc should reject his warning; let them deregister if they want and let PF be deregistered at the polls;

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    • The Home Affairs has been sleeping like the Local Government Ministry.

      In fact, ALL branches of the registered organisations (especially Political Parties) must be made to file Return via their Registered Secretariats and/or Offices: THIS IS LAW.

      If these Political Parties do not want to comply with any piece of Law what guarantee do we have to trust them with National Assets

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  2. Compliance is a huge problem in our country. If we cant comply with the law as ordinary citizens, then how do you expect yourself to comply when you are in leadership.

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  3. I notice that people in America still go to watch films at cinema halls in enormous numbers. Here this stopped with the advent of video and Dstv. What we don’t realize is that by shunning cinema we’ve killed a good number of jobs. ..such as projectionist, ticket sellers, ushers and other sundries.

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