Masvingo Residents Give Governor 96 Hours Ultimatum To Reverse NGO Ban

COTRAD’s threats to take to the streets came at a time when the international community and NGOs in the country have unilaterally condemned Maluleke for suspending 29 NGOs that were operating in the country.

Thousands of people who depend on NGOs for food hand outs are on the verge of starvation.

COTRAD national coordinator Gamuchirai Mukura said the suspension of NGOs by Maluleke was strongly based on false and unfounded allegations rather frivolous and vexatious.

“The governor never consulted the relevant stakeholders and unilaterally came to the summation that it was right to suspend the non governmental organisations without considerations of the repercussions it have on the residents of Masvingo.

“For whose good is such suspension, is it justified? Prior to independence NGOs suffered at the hands of the Smith government despite their good works,” said Mukura.

Mukura said by suspending the NGOs helping the people, Maluleke has just created his own problems.

“We shall not rest, we are going to do whatever it takes to make sure Maluleke comes back to his senses and reverse the ban,” added Mukura.