CSOs will not compromise: Mabwe

Civil society organisations will continue to engage with the government, according to the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations, Michael Mabwe.

President Robert Mugabe was sworn in last Thursday as Head of State and is expected to form his new government soon. Mabwe told The Zimbabwean that the fact that the government and CSOs must work together in the interests of the nation.

“We will engage the new government in a manner that does not compromise our principals and objectives,” said Mabwe.

Mabwe said the government would be taken to serious task if it failed to provide basic services. He said non-governmental organisations would continue to pressure the government to respect human rights and other requirements.

In the run up to the recent harmonised elections, a number of NGOs and human rights activists suffered arbitrary arrests at the hands of state security agents.

Following the conclusion of elections, Zanu (PF) said it would review the operations of CSOs. Zanu (PF) spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, told The Zimbabwean that: “The incoming Zanu (PF) government will scrutinise operations of CSOs as a matter of urgency”.

Observers said some sources of CSO funding made the government suspicious of their impartiality.

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