Mpariwa nullifies NGO ban

Non-governmental organisations operating here should continue to operate and ignore the Resident Governor Titus Maluleke’s order to quit, the Minister of Labour and Social Services Paurina Mpariwa has said.

Mpariwa said Maluluke’s statement was reckless for a person entrusted with leadership.

“As an appointed Resident Governor, Maluleke exhibited insensitivity and recklessness at a time when almost all areas in Masvingo are drought stricken. Instead of being at loggerheads with NGOs, we should be working together with them to reach out to the suffering communities of Masvingo,” Mpariwa said.

Mpariwa’s statement follows Maluleke’s controversial decision last month to ban 29 NGOs operating in the area because they failed to register with his office. Rugare Gumbo, Zanu (PF) spokesperson, supported the move, stating that Maluleke was following party resolutions.

“Maluleke is not acting alone, but following party resolutions. We are saying these NGOs must go through the vetting process and if they are allowed, the local leadership should decide whether they want them or not,” Gumbo said.

The Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe yesterday issued a statement defying Maluleke’s directive to stop NGOs operating in Masvingo.

“We will not stop our operations in the province or any other part of the country as long as the government lacks capacity to provide better social services for its citizens,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.

Mpariwa said she had the mandate to register and de-register organisations as her Ministry was the one responsible.

‘’ I don’t remember having called for a meeting to ban any organisation in the country. Maluleke should stop such blind politics,” Mpariwa said.

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