Speaking during an African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) plenary session in Kigali, Rwanda, yesterday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said civil society organisations have a role to play in governance because they point out wrongs which help Governments remain in power.
Civil society has role to play. Yes, sometimes they offend governments by pointing out wrongs that they do, but it’s necessary that those things be pointed out so that we can correct them. For us to remain in power, we must continuously correct the things that civil society says we are doing wrong and we remain ruling and ruling for more years.
The Zanu PF-led government had in the past maintained a negative perception on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), labelling them as agents of Western imperialists bent on effecting regime change.