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vow to continue despite Bill
The Zimbabwe Independent
January 07, 2005
Organisations (NGOs) involved in issues of democracy, human rights
and media advocacy have said they will continue operating until
government uses the NGO Bill to ban them.
The NGO Bill
awaits President Robert Mugabe’s assent after opposition resistance
in parliament failed to stop the ruling party from pushing it through
Independent this week established that donors from Europe and the
United States have frozen further assistance to local NGOs due to
the uncertainty brought about by the Bill.
The NGOs now
hope to be accredited by government in line with the provisions
of the NGO Bill before they can get funding from the international
NGOs involved in democracy, human rights and media advocacy fear
they may be denied accreditation. National Constitutional Assembly
(NCA) chairman Lovemore Madhuku’s personal assistant Ernest Mudzengi
said they were already suffering from the withdrawal of funding
by international donors but would continue operating.
of donor funds is one problem that has been created by this Bill,"
be difficult to operate without funding but we are not going to
stop fighting for a new constitution. We will use all means possible
to survive for the sake of democracy," he said.
Support Network (Zesn) chairman, Reginald Matchaba-Hove, said they
were weighing their options in the event that the Bill was signed
operating as if all is normal because it hasn’t been signed into
law," Matchaba-Hove said. "But we are totally opposed
to the Bill. It is retrogressive for the people of Zimbabwe. We
are considering measures to take in the event that it becomes law."
of Southern Africa chairman for the Zimbabwe chapter Thomas Deve
also said they would remain in operation.
still operating and waiting for the next step by government. We
are still surviving on the funds we already have," he said.
Rights (ZimRights) director Munyaradzi Bidi said they were still
to continue fighting for the upholding of human rights. It is clear
the Bill is draconian and we have made our statements clear regarding
its effects on the nation," he said.
partners working with the United Nations World Food Programme retrenched
more than half of their workforce in Zimbabwe late last year. The
NGO sector employed more than 10 000 people before the clampdown.
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