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  • NANGO statement on the report of the UN Envoy
    National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO)
    July 27, 2005

    As the nation, and the rest of the international community, continue to reflect on the Report of the UN special Envoy on Operation Restore Order, the National Association of Non Governmental Organizations, representing NGOs in Zimbabwe, implores government, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to urgently consider the recommendations by the Envoy as a useful departure point from which a lasting and sustainable solution to the effects of the Operation and to other challenges bedeviling Zimbabwe, as alluded to in the report, can be found.

    Mrs Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka confirmed that the Operations had commenced without warning, were carried out "in an indiscriminate and unjustified manner, with indifference to human suffering" and precipitated "a humanitarian crisis of immense proportions"

    It is hoped that the government will consider the contents of this Report with the gravity it deserves, and will act swiftly to implement the recommendations, thus assuring the Zimbabwean nation, as well as the international community, that it takes its responsibilities under national and international law seriously.

    In particular NANGO notes and supports the following recommendations made by the UN Special Envoy:

    1. That the government should immediately halt any further demolitions and create conditions for sustainable relief and reconstruction.
    2. That there is urgent need for the Government of Zimbabwe to facilitate humanitarian operations within a pro-poor, gender sensitive policy framework that provides security of tenure, affordable housing, water and sanitation and the pursuit of small-scale income generating activities in a regulated and enabling environment.
    3. That there is an immediate need for the government of Zimbabwe to revise outdated Regional Town and country Planning Acts and other relevant Acts
    4. That there is an immediate need to revive dialogue and restore trust between different spheres of government and between Government and Civil Society
    5. That the people and Government of Zimbabwe should hold to account those responsible for the injury caused by the Operation

    NANGO is willing to engage the Government of Zimbabwe and United Nations mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of the wide-ranging recommendations and is acting to urgently establish relevant taskforces to contribute to the rectification of the crisis that has been visited upon the nation and its people. It is hoped that the Government will be willing to consult all stakeholders and move forward positively in a manner, which will contribute to an alleviation of the economic, social and cultural, challenges facing Zimbabwe today.

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