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haven't de-registered NGOs: State
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
May 08, 2007
not de-registered non-governmental organisations as the new
procedures for the registration of NGOs are only policy guidelines,
a senior Government official said yesterday.
The statement comes in
the wake of international media reports alleging that the Government
had banned all NGOs operating in Zimbabwe.
Secretary for Public
Service, Labour and Social Welfare Mr Lancaster Museka said no NGOs
had been de-registered.
"No NGOs have been
de-registered. What we did is that we issued policy guidelines for
the registration of NGOs," he said.
The international media
has been awash with reports that the Government had de-registered
the voluntary organisations.
Some sections of the
media reported that the United Kingdom's House of Lords last
week debated the alleged decision by the Government to ban all NGOs
operating in the country.
Baroness Park of Monmouth
was quoted as asking the Parliamentary under-secretary of State,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Triesman, what measures the
British government would take on the issue.
In response, Lord Triesman
said: "My Lords, there have been conflicting reports on the
current situation in Zimbabwe.
is that the reported new procedures for the registration of the
NGOs do not appear to require established and registered NGOs to
The new registration
procedures and requirements announced by the Government take cognisance
of the difference in organisational backgrounds between local and
All local organisations
are required to submit their applications through the District Social
Service Office in the area where their headquarters is located.
The district social services
officer is responsible for making the initial assessment of the
organisation before forwarding the application to the head office
of the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
In the case of international
NGOs applying for registration, they should have signed a memorandum
of understanding with the relevant Government ministries in their
area of technical operation.
The signed agreement,
together with other documents that include a clearance letter by
the International Police Organisation from the representative country,
should then be submitted to the registrar of private voluntary organisations
under the ministry.
Local private voluntary
organisations are not required to enter into agreements with central
Government or ministries.
Both local and international
organisations whose applications are not recommended for registration
by the PVO board are entitled to lodge an appeal to the Minister
of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.
The minister reserves
the right, after considering the reasons for the organisation's
appeal, to either uphold the board's decision or instruct
the registrar to register the appellant.
in consultation with the PVO board, may cancel the registration
certificate and de-register any organisation that fails to comply
with its conditions of registration.
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