NGOs to blame for 2008 defeat: Zanu

Civil society and Non-Governmental Organizations are to blame for Zanu (PF)’s defeat in the 2008 elections, the party’s legal affairs secretary, Emmeron Mnangagwa has said.

“Our conference has resolved to deal effectively with NGOs who step out side their boundaries of providing relief. They have become political players and this cost us during the 2008 elections and we will not tolerate that,” said Mnangagwa.

The NGOs are the latest victims of the Zanu (PF) blame game, but on the ground the feeling is different.

“NGOs did a splendid job in keeping the people alive. Our government has neglected us and the NGOs did their work very well. It is unfortunate that this is the reward they are getting from those who were in power and oversaw the meltdown of our economy,” said Tatenda Mudzingwa, a Harare-based resident.

Jonathan Musakwa, National Director of the Rural Project Centre accused Zanu (PF) of intimidating people in a bid to garner support ahead of possible elections.

“Zanu (PF) has started harassment and assaults on MDC supporters in all the major districts, but political violence is severe in Mutare, Makoni, Buhera and Chipinge,” he said.

He added that people’s democratic rights were being violated as Zanu (PF) war veterans and militia were interfering with MDC meetings.

“Zanu (PF) has taken over the food distribution exercise, but it lacks transparency, accountability and inclusivity. Political affiliation determines one’s chances of getting food or humanitarian assistance,” said Musakwa.

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