By Nation Reporter
ALL societies which include associations, churches and political parties face deregistration if they fail to remit annual returns by this monthend, the Registrar of Societies has warned.
The deadline for remitting returns expired on March 31 but yesterday the Registrar of Societies informed members of the public that it had extended the period for the remittance of annual returns for societies registered under the department to 30th April 2016.
Chief Registrar of Societies Thandiwe Mhende said all societies which include associations, churches, political parties, women, youth clubs and farmer groups were expected to comply with the Societies Act by ensuring that they submitted their returns before the end of the extended period.
Ms Mhende warned societies that failure to remit their returns would make them face the law in accordance with the provisions of the Societies Act Cap 119 of the laws of Zambia.
The department has advised societies to avoid the ‘‘last-minute syndrome’’ by submitting annual returns either at the last minute or beyond the deadline.
“It is the desire of the department to work in harmony with all societies and therefore we implore all societies to adhere to compliance levels as provided by the Societies Act,” she said.
Ms Mhende advised all societies faced with any challenges in meeting this obligation to engage the Registrar of Societies so as to be guided on the best way forward.
She advised societies to take advantage of the extended period and ensure that they remitted their annual returns as there was no guarantee of another extension.