October 21, 2020

NAP Warns Government NGO Board Appointed Members

Members of the Civil Society Organizations [CSO] under the banner, National Advocacy Platform [NAP], have urged Government to withdraw the names and reconstitute the NGO Board in line with what is attaining in Law and established practice within 7 days.

NAP further warns Government that should it not act as demanded, they shall seek legal redress for interlocutory remedies against this deplorable and unlawful action.

This is contained in a statement by its Board Chairperson, Benedicto Kondowe dated 2nd October, 2020 to the Hon. Minister of Gender, Social Welfare and Community Developments with copies to the Secretary OPC, the Solicitor General, Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare, Trustee Chairperson, CONGOMA and Registrar, NGO Board.

In the letter endorsed by 51 NGOs some of whom are; Public Affairs Committee, CCJP, MEJN, MEHN,MHRRC, NGO GCN, Nice Trust, LGAP and Yoneco, says they have registered their dismay over the constitution of the NGO Board as per Government notice dated 1st October, 2020.

NAP says the members are fully aware that the appointment of members into the NGO Board of Malawi is regulated by the NGO Act 2001 section 6[1] which establishes the NGO Board as a body corporate as having perpetual succession and a common seal.

The 51 NGOs says the actual appointment is governed by Section 7 of the NGO Act 2001, seven [7] members at least 3 of whom shall be women appointed by the Minister in consultation with CONGOMA.

……’’ The criteria used in appointing the published names is not supported by the prevailing Law, ‘’…..reads the statement in part.

NAP says it strongly believes that the arbitrary exercise of power in constituting the current Board is remarkably  placing NGOs on the wrong path of history.

By Vincent Gunde

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