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CSOs feel ambushed on NGO Policy

The National Advocacy Platform (Nap) that represents 50 national networks of civil society organisations (CSOs) has warned that it will not accept the NonGovernmental Organisations (NGO) Policy that government seeks to implement, arguing they were only given one and half days to scrutinise and come up with their input of the draft policy.

Among others, the NGO Policy is supposed to regulate NGOs in the country.

Apparently, CSOs were given a deadline of Friday January 27 2017 to contribute on the draft policy and so far no NGO has made a suggestion to the policy because of the limited period.

Some CSOs feel the policy has clauses that seek to prevent or stifle the operations of non-governmental institutions in the country, as one of the policy requirement demands them to get an approval from the District Commissioner (DC) to do anything in the district which they feel is bureaucratic.

Nap Chairperson Benedicto Kondowe told The Daily Times that if the government does not give the CSOs time to give their input on the policy, they will not accept the policy.

“Does it make sense for government to give us a day to submit our comments? The government is there to serve its people. We are not going to accept it because that is our policy, the government should accord us an opportunity to review the draft policy. If they proceed with that process, we are not going to accept it,” he said.

Commenting on some of the concerns that some CSOs have raised regarding the policy, Kondowe said it is surprising that government only sent the draft policy a day before the time they were required to make their submissions

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