“From the information which we have received some of the NGOs which have been banned are no longer working in that province that’s why they did not register and those which are registered can continue working,” EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell’Ariccia told Radio VOP in Harare at the weekend.
On Tuesday Masvingo governor Titus Maluleke threatened to ban 29 NGOs operating in the province saying they were operating illegally.
He accused the NGOs of ignoring his calls to register with his office, insisting that his office was the authority that grants permission to the voluntary organisations to start operating in the area.
Maluleke said the ban was with immediate effect.The EU ambassador said they are however studying information of all the NGOs operating in the country to see which ones have registered and which ones have not before responding ZANU (PF)’s threats.
“We are however waiting for full information regarding this issue. There is a certain legislation that has been put in place which requires NGOs to register for them to work in a certain area and those which have done so have no difficulties in working in provinces as far as I know. Some of NGO have not registered and the legislation has been applied and they have been said to not have complied. We are still looking for additional elements in order to assess the real situation on the ground,” he added.
National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO) Thursday met after Maluleke’s statement and said the Masvingo governors’ threats were illegal.
On it December 2011 conference, Zanu PF declared war on local NGOs which it said were abetting a western sponsored regime change agenda through campaigning for MDC-T under the guise of giving humanitarian assistance.