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Govt to tighten regulations for NGOs

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that his administration would soon be tightening screws on the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which he accused of deviating from their mandate.

Mnangagwa and his ruling Zanu-PF party remain at loggerheads with civic society organisations (CSOs) that openly denounce corruption, human rights abuses and other vices perpetrated by the former.

The government has also accused NGOs of working with opposition political parties and the West to effect a regime change in Zimbabwe, something which the CSOs have denied.

Delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to Parliamentarians and the nation at large Thursday, President Mnangagwa said his government would move to correct some of the anomalies in the operation of NGOs in Zimbabwe.   

“The conduct of some non-governmental organisations and private and voluntary organisations who operate outside their mandates and are out of sync with the government’s humanitarian priority programmes remain a cause for concern,” decried President Mnangagwa. 

He said the legislation governing operations of NGOs would be reviewed during the third session of the ninth Parliament of Zimbabwe, which he officially opened.

“This august House will therefore consider the Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill to revamp the administration of NGOs and PVOs and correct the current anomalies,” he said.

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