Top official reads riot act on NGOs

HARARE - A senior  government official has ordered Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in Murewa to submit monthly reports to the district administrator (DA)’s office.

Phylis Mbwada, the assistant DA for Murewa, accused humanitarian groups of snubbing the DA’s office.

Even NGOs which are currently not running any activities on the ground should submit reports, she said.

Speaking at the commissioning of a project to assist orphans and vulnerable children in the district, Mbwada said development projects were welcome “but should be done properly”.

The project is funded by the Japanese Embassy in partnership with local grassroots NGO, Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ).

“We have been encountering problems with CCDZ due to their failure to attend meetings. We therefore command respect and transparency from the coordinators of this organisation.

“CCDZ must nurture good relations with both government departments and local leaders that include the village heads. We would like to remind the organisation to be apolitical,” she said.

Mbwada said CCDZ was not the only organisation she was having problems with.

 “Although we appreciate all of the CCDZ’s efforts to develop this community, we would like to urge the coordinators of CCDZ to report all their operations to the District Administrator’s office, social services department, Murehwa District Council and other line ministries like the livestock production department in case of poultry and DDF in case of drilling boreholes,” she said.

CCDZ also took the platform to warn politicians to stay away from the group’s projects, saying some politicians would want to get mileage out of the projects ahead of election time.

The project by the Japanese and CCDZ caters for the health and economic needs of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and Aids.

Beneficiaries get a nutrition garden, a borehole and a fowl run. The Japanese embassy said it has so far contributed $49 000 towards the project. - Bridget Mananavire

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