Ray Bande Senior Reporter
NON-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), especially those working in rural areas, who have since diverted from their core mandate and are meddling in politics should “shape up or ship out”, a top Zanu-PF official has said.
Zanu-PF Central Committee member Cde Mike Nyambuya warned the errant NGOs during the ruling party’s inter-district meeting recently held in Nyanga, where he was guest of honour.
Cde Nyambuya said this while responding to concerns raised by other ruling party members of some NGOs that were taking partisan political stance when giving aid to people.
“It is sad that we now have so many NGOs operating here in Nyanga District and the conduct of some of them is really regrettable,” said Cde Patricia Matika, a Zanu-PF provincial member. “There is an organisation we know that openly selects individuals and areas sympathetic to opposition MDC-Alliance, while deliberately sidelining ruling Zanu-PF membership. This NGO is giving US$9 per head in monetary assistance for people’s welfare, meaning that a family of five gets US$45.”
Cde Matika said the organisations, when selecting beneficiaries of the Poverty Alleviation Intervention Programme deliberately, sideline known ruling party supporters.
Commenting on the concerns raised by Cde Matika, Cde Nyambuya said: “It is sad to hear these reports of NGOs deviating from their core mandate as outlined by the Ministry of (Public Service, Labour) and Social Welfare. We really urge the errant NGOs to go back to their core mandate of assisting the people and desist from meddling in politics, otherwise the responsible Government ministry will be forced to take stern action against them.”