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  • Committee completes probing 16 NGOs
    The Herald (Zimbabwe)
    May 11, 2005

    THE eight-member committee investigating the operations of some non-governmental organisations yesterday said it has completed probing 16 organisations.

    The 16 are amongst targeted organisations that failed to account for US$88 million, channelled into the country through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) last year.

    The head of the committee, Mr Leonard Turugari yesterday said they expected the report on the findings to be out by Monday next week.

    He confirmed that by the end last month, they had dealt with 16 NGOs out of the 30 that were targeted.

    "We are still in the process of compiling the report of our finding. We were not able to beat the deadline but are continuing with investiga tions after presenting our findings to our minister, Cde Nicholas Goche," Mr Turugari said.

    He said the committee managed to carry out investigations into NGOs dealing with humanitarian, human development, HIV and Aids, governance and environmental issues.

    "We were able to delve into all the important spheres and were targeting three organisations from each area of concern."

    He said some of the NGOs that were under probe included World Vision, Goal Zimbabwe, Care International and the National Association of Non Governmental Organisations.

    An official from Goal Zimbabwe confirmed that the inspectors visited their offices to check on payments they had made for various projects.

    "They also went as far as checking on projects we are involved in and if there were any anomalies we have not yet been told about them," the official who declined to be named said.

    The Secretary for Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Mr Lancaster Museka said his ministry was only seeking to have the operations of NGOs conducted within the confines of the laws of Zimbabwe.

    He said his ministry had acted on the NGOsí failure to comply with mandatory requirements, which included supplying reports on their activities.

    "We wrote to them on two occasions to furnish us with the details of their operations and they did not respond before we set up a committee to investigate," Mr Museka said.

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