Civil Society Organisations reject new law

A group of Civil Society Organisation have remain resolute in rejecting the law to regulate the Non Governmental Organisation (NGO).

The CSOs who met in Lusaka on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 have again resolved not to allow themselves to be regulated under the NGO law which they feel is aimed at silencing them.

Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Board Chairperson Beatrice Grillo said the NGOs are against the way the government has handled the whole issue of regulation. Grillo said government should have involved all stakeholders in coming up with the law.

She also stated that the government acted in bad faith in coming up with the piece of legislation saying CSOs plays a crucial role in supplementing government effort in delivering services to the grass root. She said the NGOs go in places which government sometimes fails saying curtailing them will negatively affect the delivery of services.

Grillo explained that government has come up with the law because it does not want to be checked.

And Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) Executive Director Goodwell Lungu also complained that the new law has been done in bad faith.