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Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO)
March 11, 2005
In what appears
to be deliberate and perhaps last minute attempt to frantically
discredit NGOs and ultimately justify the NGO Bill, there has been
a series of media reports especially from the state owned media-
print and electronic-alleging that NGOs face prosecution for failing
to account for the money they spent. This was the headline of the
Herald of 8 March 2005 complemented by several other stories and
cartoons in the same paper as well as news reports on ZTV and all
state owned radio stations.
NGOs have since received strong letters from the Ministry of Public
Service Labor and Social Welfare, threatening that the responsible
Minister will withdraw registration should organizations fail to
comply with the request to submit detailed accounts of resources
allegedly received under the UN Consolidated Appeal Process. This
is happening at a time when the President has not assented to the
NGO Bill that was passed in Parliament on 9 December 2004.
NANGO is currently
undertaking necessary investigations on the issue. A position to
be informed by the results and legal opinions on the actions by
the Minister will soon be shared with you. We kindly request NGOs
and interested others to send their comments and views on these
and other related developments to email@example.com
or call us on NGO Bill hotline 732612.
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