MDC Blasts Govt For Threatening To De-register NGOs Dabbling In Politics

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume criticised threats by Acting Public Service Minister Kazembe Kazembe to ban Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) caught dabbling in national politics.

Mafume said the threat is meant to stop party MPs and councillors from attending functions hosted by different NGOs. He said Zimbabwean laws do not forbid NGOs from taking part in any political activities. Said Mafume:

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We are aware that the idea behind the statement is to closeout space for MDC MPs and councillors who have been invited to take part in the CSO activities. We view this new prescription of rights specifically freedom of association. The law does not prohibit NGO’s from politics. CSOs are only expected to be non-partisan and the minister misses the simple difference. As a matter of fact, when the organisations registered as trusts, they state their objective of participation in governance issues. These organisations are therefore watchdogs of political processes.

Jacob MafumeKazembe KazembeNon-Governmental Organisation

Jacob Mafume is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the MDC Alliance and formerly with People's Democratic Party formerly the MDC Renewal Team party where he was the party spokesperson. He was elected Mayor of Harare on 3 September 2020 to replace Herbert... Read More About Jacob Mafume

Kazembe Kazembe is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the Zanu-PF party. He is the current Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. He was elected into parliament in July 2013 to represent Mazowe West Constituency in the National Assembly. He was reelected... Read More About Kazembe Kazembe

In Zimbabwe, the name Non-Government Organisation (NGO) is generally used to refer to non-profit organizations. This includes Civil Society Organisations as well as other types of non-profits. Read More About Non-Governmental Organisation

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