Responses by the Delegation
MULAMBO HAIMBE, Minister of Justice of Zambia and head of the delegation, noted the hope of the Committee for the speedy adoption of the bill on the child code, confirming this would occur. Regarding the Optional Protocols, Zambia had begun the process of ratifying them. Mr. Haimbe confirmed that the defence act was under review and was in the early stages of re-enactment. Regarding the expiry of the national policy on children’s rights, there were plans currently underway for its review. A multi-sectoral approach was being taken in the eighth national plan, including on the topic of decentralisation.
Zambia had taken measures to ensure that there were budgetary provisions to address issues regarding children, the delegation said. There were several budget lines, including one for adoption and one for juvenile delinquency, among others, to ensure increased care for children in the country. In 2021, a gazette notice was issued to streamline mandates for various ministries, and the Ministry of Community Development was assigned several child-related portfolios. Regarding ratifications of all national instruments relating to the rights of the child, the Ministry of Development had the priework had been developed, which would provide procedures and practices for organizations working with children, including institutions.
The delegation noted the concern raised about the police units not been fully independent, saying that the goal was to de-link these police units. Continue reading …