By Kenson McCloud
The Non-Governmental Organisations Coalition on Child Rights says it is disappointed with delays in establishing the National Children’s Commission.
Timveni understands that Parliament passed an act back in 2018 to pave way for the setting up of the commission but the issue has been under review ever since.
According to Executive Director for NGO-CCR, Desmond Mhango, there are contradictions in the act over appointing authority of commissioners which has hindered the establishment of the institution.
"The commission is critical in promoting children’s welfare as it seeks to improve accountability of child-centered institutions," said Mhango.
However, Mhango commended government for its commitment in provision of financial resources towards the commission once it is established.
He further urged Parliament to set aside a specific period to exhaustively discuss the status of children’s affairs in the country claiming children are currently facing numerous challenges.
Parliament’s fourth meeting of its 49th Session is expected to start from 8th November to 3rd December.