“In November 2016, the SCA noted concerns with respect to the budgetary situation of the HRCZ, and how these constraints had impacted on its ability to recruit and retain staff.
The SCA notes that the HRCZ reports that it has seen an improvement in its financial situation, as well as its ability to recruit and retain staff. The SCA encourages the HRCZ to continue to advocate for an appropriate level of funding to allow it to effectively carry out its mandate.
Also in November 2016, the SCA noted that the HRCZ relies heavily on donor funding, and that the Law requires the HRCZ to seek the approval of the President in order to accept such funding.
The SCA notes that the HRCZ has clarified that in practice it is not required to seek such approval. It further notes that, in accordance with section 22 (2)(a) of the amendment Bill, the HRCZ may accept money by way of grants or donations from any source within or outside of Zambia, with no requirement for Presidential approval. The SCA is of the view that these amendments, if passed in their present form, would address the previously stated concerns. The SCA therefore encourages the HRCZ to continue to advocate for the passage of the amendments.”