About The Ministry
The Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs (MNGRA) was created on 28th August, 2016 by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia and ratified by Parliament on 27th October, 2016. It was created to focus on facilitating the actualization of declaration of the Republic of Zambia as a Christian Nation while upholding individual person’s right to freedom of conscience, belief or religion and the realisation of National Values and Principles as contained in the preamble and Part II Article 8of the Constitution (Amendment) Act No.2 of 2016 respectively..
Prior to 1991, Zambia had a Ministry of National Guidance which was responsible for interpreting, propagating, dissemination and implementing the Zambian national philosophy of humanism. Between 1970 and 1980, the National Guidance portfolio function was placed under the Ministry of Development Planning and later placed under the Ministry of Information. However, in 1991 the National Guidance Portfolio was excluded from the Government Portfolio Functions. Later, a Religious Affairs Desk was briefly introduced at State House during the late 1990s.
The creation of the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs (MNGRA) was necessitated by the need to guide all national undertakings in line with Zambia’s Christian identity and facilitate the mainstreaming of National Values and Principles in the Country’s programmes and projects.
The mandate of the Ministry is to promote national values and actualize the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation for social transformation and sustainable development.
In line with the Government Gazette No.836 of 2016, Vol. LII. No. 76 dated 18th November, 2016 and the Constitution Amendment Act No. 2 of 2016, the portfolio functions are as follows;
- Interdenominational Dialogue
- National Guidance
- National values, principles, and ethics
- Public Religious Celebrations
- Preservation of Christian and Religious Sites
- Religious Affairs