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Masvingo governor blacklists 29 NGOs
Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)
February 15, 2012

The Governor for Masvingo Province has blacklisted 29 local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the region accusing them of failing to sign memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the local leadership.

The 29 organisations were read out by resident minister for Masvingo Province Titus Maluleke at a meeting that was also attended by the senior officers from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Zimbabwe Prisons Services (ZPS) and NGO leadership from the province.

National Association of NGOs (NANGO) executive director Cephas Zinhumwe who was also present in the meeting described the meeting as very tense.

"Twenty nine member organisations including local and international NGOs have been blacklisted after they failed to sign MOUs with the governor's office. They were also demanding that the NGOs hand in copies of their trust deeds and constitutions clearly stating their areas of operation," said Zinhumwe.

He said organisations had to move fast and come up with tangible plans to deal with new threats. Last year Governor Maluleko reportedly gave NGOs working in the province a three-day ultimatum to "renew their memorandum of understanding or risk being kicked out".

Governor Maluleko summoned field monitors to a meeting at his offices in Masvingo where he read the riot act and made it clear that "the environment has to be cleared" before national elections can be held.

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