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  • Prosecution of NGOs
    National 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.

    Some 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 or call us on NGO Bill hotline 732612.

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