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Stakeholder Meeting on Rule of Law - Letter to Minster of Justice
National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO)
October 27, 2009

To: Hon. P. Chinamasa
Minister of Justice

Re: Stakeholder Meeting on Rule of Law

As you may recall, your ministry invited NANGO, amongst other civil society organisations to participate in Access to Justice Stakeholder Conference from 29 - 30 October 2009.

However the recent development involving the harassment and arrest of civil society leaders, including NANGO Board Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, has left NANGO without much choice but to withdraw from the meeting pending resolution of this matter. It is our considered view and also held by the majority of civil society that the government has to act in good faith in its engagement with stakeholders. In this case we are of the opinion that going to Victoria Falls will be tantamount to endorsing a seriously defective process.

To this end, please note that while we are open to dialogue with the Ministry, we seriously object to the manner in which the law is being arbitrary applied to our members and leaders.

On behalf of the NANGO Board and Management,

G Phiri
NANGO Board Secretary

cc: UNDP, Mr. S. Chimhini, Civil Society Organisations invited to the Access to Justice Conference

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