Zimbabwe – NGO ban is illegal

Published on The Zimbabwean, by a Staff reporter, May 2, 2007.

Excerpt: The ministerial decree banning Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and ordering them to re-apply for re-registration is null and void at law and will not distract NGOs from continuing their important work of meeting the social, economic and political development needs of the people of Zimbabwe, NGO representatives have said.

Information minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu announced at a Zanu (PF) meeting in Bulawayo last week that registration of NGOs under the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) Act has been cancelled and all charities were expected to re-apply because government was eager to sniff out all NGOs involved in efforts to topple President Robert Mugabe from power …

… “We are amazed at how a government minister could possibly announce to citizens in one of the hardest-hit drought areas in Zimbabwe that the government would consider cutting off the lifeline that has been supporting them in the absence of a coherent programme by government to meet the food and social security needs of an obviously disadvantaged region,” Ngirande said. “We have not received any official communication from the responsible ministry so we will not be distracted by utterances made by the minister from the important work of meeting the social, economic and political development needs of the people of Zimbabwe”. (full text).

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