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the first reading of the NGO Bill
Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO)
October 05, 2004
As the moment of truth
beckons we encourage all NGOs and Civic Organisations and all those
who care about the development of this dear nation to remain on
high alert! Starting tomorrow 6 October 2004 with the first reading
of the Bill to Parliament. (Notice has been given by the Minister
of labour that the first reading of the bill has to be presented
in this session of parliament.). After the first reading then, the
parliamentary legal committee has to give its report within 26 working
days making recommendations on the Bill. It is not yet clear how
long the parliamentary legal committee will take (within the 26
days) to present its report but once we find out we will let you
The NGO Sector has to make a strong presence throughout the Parliamentary
process and especially when the Bill will be debated. Democracy
unfortunately is a show of numbers and if the numbers are not there,
then all else fails. We encourage all organisations to send in a
representative to attend the reading tomorrow afternoon and whenever
else the Bill issue is raised before Parliament as a show of concern.
We will call you again on such short notice to attend the Parliamentary
Debate Sessions on the Bill in due course, please oblige, because
that stage would be the most important in the entire process.
NANGO has also intensified the Advocacy Campaign and will as such
be hosting public meetings and dialogue sessions on the NGO Bill
during the forthcoming NGO Expo. Please take time out to attend
and contribute to these historic meetings.This year's Expo will
go on record as the largest NGO showcase to date. Various other
smposiums will be held during the Expo as platforms for NGO Solidarity
and Policy Dialogue.
Finally NANGO and the National Advocacy Committee on the NGO Bill,
would also like to express solidarity with the Women Of Zimbabwe
Arise (WOZA) in their courageous and sacrificial effort to express
their concern as to the grievous impacts of the Bill on the nation
and women. The women have just been arrested
today (5 October 2004) as they were preparing to have an all
night prayer vigil outside Parliament to mark the reopening of the
Have there been any amendments to the Gazetted Bill?
We have been unofficially told that there are some amendments which
have been made, however we have not received official notification
to that effect. We will of course keep our ears to the ground, and
we will let you know the good and the bad news as it comes.
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