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Government warns NGO's to stay away from politics


By Maxwell Tapatapa |  2 months ago | top


Acting President Dr Constantino Chiwenga has challenged Non-Governmental organisations, NGOs, to operate within the confines of the country’s regulations and stick to their mandate, to aid development and speedy attainment of an upper middle income economy by 2030. 

The Acting President was addressing guests in Harare yesterday at an event to celebrate 50 years of humanitarian work by a public voluntary organisation - Caritas Zimbabwe.

Acting President Chiwenga said: “Thus, the registration requires Caritas to sign a memorandum of understanding with Government administrative structures to allow it to operate within the confines of its registration as a Public Voluntary Organisation.

“In this aspect, we have seen Caritas being able to meet these requirements. Thus, as Government, we are pleased with the level of compliance and urge other organisations to emulate Caritas.

“Caritas has been working in Zimbabwe through its countrywide networks and partnerships bringing about empowered, resilient communities across the country regardless of ethnicity, race, creed, political and most important religious affinity.”

Acting President Chiwenga said Caritas had been an all-weather friend of the Government of in areas like emergency preparedness and response, water sanitation and hygiene, food security and sustainable livelihood, sustainable community development and community empowerment, among others.

He said the organisation actively and responsibly responded to cyclones and other disasters in the country, augmenting Government efforts to save lives in times of disasters.