NGOs and social movements


WE have a situation on our hands!
There is an unholy alliance that is increasingly jelling between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and these sprouting so-called social movements.
The reality on the ground is that over the years, the former have been largely concentrated in the rural areas, while of late, the latter have been very active in urban areas.
And as the norm, NGOs, in cahoots with the opposition, have always been backed by the West in their bid to effect regime change in Zimbabwe, but over the years have consistently disappointed their funders.
ZANU PF continues to trounce the opposition in elections because it enjoys support from the majority and these NGOs have let down their masters to such an extent that funding is no longer trickling in.
Some have actually closed down.
And now, as we head towards next year’s elections, NGOs and social movements have come up with a new strategy.
They are slowly turning their attention to where the masses are – rural areas, in the hope of creating anarchy.
From Binga to Nyanga, Gokwe to Masvingo, Plumtree to Mutare, regime change agents have decided to target opinion leaders, hoping they influence the masses to turn against the Government.
Through social media, they intend to corrupt the masses, hoping they revolt against the Government, in the process creating a picture of a burning Zimbabwe to the international world.
No doubt there was more to the recent spate of violence in Harare by MDC-T youths and the hidden hand of the civil society cannot be ruled out.
After all, the two are birds of a feather.
What was revealing about the recent illegal demonstration in Harare was the reaction of the foreign media which was at pains to portray a picture of chaos in Harare.
The same foreign media, however, largely ignored the murder of a Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officer by the same MDC-T thugs last month.
Where was the outcry from NGOs when this happened and how did the civil society in general react after this incident?
They were deafeningly mute.
But the same civil society is always up in arms with law enforcers, accusing them of being ‘harsh’ at times, posting pictures and videos to their Western funders in a bid to get money.
And as we dedicate this issue to explaining to the nation how NGOs and social movements intend to raze Zimbabwe to the ground, the Citizen Manifesto draft recently launched at Theatre in the Park in Harare comes to mind.
Different groups, including Youth Empowerment Trust (YET), Zimbabwe Alliance, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC), Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) and #ThisFlag founder Evan Mawarire, among others, converged for the launch, saying the draft was vital as it would become the mainstay of the social movement.
They all agreed to go to the grassroots, and very soon they will be moving province by province in order to realise their ‘dream’, a dream of regime change.
It is therefore crucial for Zimbabweans to be wary of such quislings who will soon be roaming the countryside to ‘influence’ the masses, while fattening their (quisling) pockets.


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