CSOs give Malawi govt ultimatum over NGO Board policy

Non-governmental organisations based in Lilongwe on Saturday literally walked out of a meeting in protest against government refusal to give them a synopsis of an NGO Board policy.

Timothy Mtambo of CHRR, Trapence and Rev Macdonald Sembereka
Timothy Mtambo of CHRR, Trapence and Rev Macdonald Sembereka
Shawa :Seeking input
Shawa :Seeking input

NGO Policy Steering Committee chairperson Mary Shaba, who is also Gender ministry principal secretary flatly refused to give the Capital City NGOs hints on the drafted policy.

“We have been to 10 districts so far seeking input on the new NGO Board policy. Your friends have not asked us to tell them what is in the draft policy so why should we do it to you? We are not telling you,” said Shaba.

The protracted war of words between the NGOs and the government side took a while before the meeting was abruptly cancelled.

The government, through the committee is soliciting views from NGOs to be incorporated in the policy.

Shaba maintained the process would be consultative and transparent.

But the NGOs have given the committee up to Tuesday, May 30 to let them know what is in the draft policy.

Gift Trapence, executive director of Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) said what the NGOs want is a transparent process.

“We want to participate fully in this process but we can only do that fully if we are given the background information which the government is refusing to give us,” he said.

He said the government committee on the policy is being selective on which NGOs to consult and said this process is wrong and flawed.

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chisoni
chisoni
6 years ago

That’s very funny how can you demand something which is not here or there. l attended the karonga meeting Government is consulting on the policy framework. Why should NGOs want to operate in vacuum? wake up people

Alidere nkulinga utayenda naye
Alidere nkulinga utayenda naye
6 years ago

Eti NGO assets should be give to NGO board? Nonsense, Bamusi is a failed man. Chitsiru cha munthu. 120% DPP. Nanunso a Mary Shawa mukukhala ngati osaphunzira bwa? Mufera za enitu inu, mbuzi ya ikazi ya munthu, mxiiii

Nkula
Nkula
6 years ago

What did you expect from DPP psychophants, dunder-head, bull-shits, akhakhakha, agulukunyinda, apweremweseta, akavuwevuwe, apantaguntete

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