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Proposed NGO Bill - NANGO Draft
National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO)
July 27, 2003

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As some of you may be aware that in his opening speech of the Fourth Session of the Fifth Parliament of Zimbabwe the President Robert Mugabe stated that

" In order to ensure that the operations of Non Governmental Organisations are consistent with and supportive of Government policies and programmes, the Non Governmental Organisations Bill will amend the current Act and broaden the definition of NGOs to include Trusts. This Bill is also intended to prevent foreign interests from using the NGO structures to subvert our sovereignty"

The announcement is coming at a time when NANGO had initiated dialogue with government, specifically, Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare - that currently administers the PVO Act, on the proposed Bill. The Permanent Secretary, within the particular Ministry, Mr Museka, has even accepted the NANGO request to make an oral presentation of the NGO proposed Bill developed after wide scale consultations by NANGO in Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare and Gweru - in which most of you may have participated.

NANGO still takes the position of government on dialogue with NGOs regarding the proposed Bill in good faith. It is our hope that the NGO submission shall be considered positively. We should be able to come back to you as soon as possible.

Our NANGO legal committee and the representatives of the NANGO Board held a meeting end of April with government in which the framework of the proposed NGO Bill was discussed. The meeting, in our view was positive and provided us with a springboard for further lobbying and advocacy.

Please find attached the latest version we submitted to government. Should you require more information feel free to contact us or Mr Kumbirai Hodzi, one of our NGO legislation consultants on 011 211 832

Yours Sincerely
J Mudehwe
Executive Director

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