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not enemies of the State, Zanu PF told
October 20, 2013
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The Zimbabwe Human Rights
Commission (ZHRC) has said it will challenge the Zanu-PF government
to desist from its habit of viewing non-governmental organisations
(NGOs) operating in the country as enemies of the State.
Zanu-PF is notoriously
suspicious of NGOs and claims many of them are working with opposition
groups to advance, according the party leadership, the regime change
agenda of former colonial power Britain and her allies. Human rights
groups accused the party of cracking down on their operations in
the lead-up to the
July 31 elections with several leaders of the organisations
However, Elasto Mugwadi,
a commissioner with the ZHRC, said there was no need for the distrust
“As the Zimbabwe
Human Right Commission one of our functions, which I will repeatedly
mention to government ministers, is that we have to mitigate the
suspicion and the fights that have hitherto existed between government
and some NGOs,” said Mugwadi.
“We will continue
to do that without fear or favour because we need donors more than
they need us.”
speaking at the handover, by the Zimbabwe
Peace Project (ZPP), of 60 beds and various other items to Mount
Hampden-based Northcot Training Institute which is involved in the
rehabilitation of young offenders.
His remarks followed
reports that the government wants to step-up the monitoring of NGOs
operating in the country.
Mugwadi reminded the
government that it was through the assistance of NGOs and other
development partners that the country kept going over the last decade
when the economy was bleeding as a result of sanctions.
He also expressed concern
over the many bureaucratic hurdles in registering NGOs saying these
were scaring away much needed donor funding.
ZPP moved in to help
address problems at Northcot out of concern for the plight of some
160 children detained there.
“The ZPP hopes
and believes that the contribution is going to improve the lives
of children,” ZPP board member Okay Machisa said.
comes at a time where there is a lack of or limited civic education
in Zimbabwe’s primary and secondary schools curricula is one
that contributed to the system failing to cultivate mutual respect
groups that have ventured into providing this service to communities
in Zimbabwe have done so with much difficulty. Zimbabwe’s
education system is also lagging behind when it comes to globalization
and digitisation formats which could greatly improve the system
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