A CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION REGRETS THE SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE

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A CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION REGRETS THE SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE

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 By Patrick Soko

 A civil society organization has blamed the Government for the declining vibrancy among non-state actors to actively participate in providing check and balances to the numerous challenges affecting the nation.

 

Last week during a civil society symposium on the 7th national development plan ministry of development planning permanent secretary, Chola Chabala, castigated NGOs for allegedly being weak in providing oversight to the government.

 

But HIVOS southern Africa regional advocacy manager for sustainable foods William Chilufya believes poor administration of the public order act is affecting the civil society organizations from effectively carrying out their duties.

 

Speaking to 5fm news Chilufya says authorities need to create a favourable environment that allows NGOs to operate freely.

 

“For example members of staff from the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) were arrested in Ndola for merely holding a budget analysis meeting with church leaders and they were in police custody over the weekend,” he said.

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