Some NGOs must transform

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IT is unfortunate that most non-governmental organisations (NGOs), handsomely funded on the pretext they are promoting democracy and good governance, are actively involved in activities that are an exact antithesis of these cherished values.
On paper, NGOs are expected to play a key role in promoting a harmonious environment.
They are expected to promote ‘dialogue, tolerance and respect’ as President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently pointed out when appreciating the £5 million investment in civil society by the British PM Theresa May.
Regrettably, on the ground this is not so.
Elsewhere in this edition, we highlight the activities of a local NGO, Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ).
The word transparency might be misleading, for the so-called NGO is involved in murky activities designed to promote the regime change agenda.
Though it portrays itself as an indigenous outfit, it is in fact a tool of the West.
But why, one might ask?
We have already pointed out in earlier submissions how the West is unhappy with governments that have come out of former liberation movements.
They fear such nationalistic governments might deny them the leeway to determine how to exploit their natural resources.
And ZANU PF is no exception.
The West is therefore prepared to go to great lengths to make sure this does not happen and if necessary reversed.
That is why Western sponsors like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) of the US and Britain’s Chatham House pull the strings of these puppet organisations.
That is why we hear of the European Union (EU) conveniently releasing US$5 million to fund anti-Government NGOs on the eve of impending polls.
TIZ is an automatic beneficiary of this strategic fund.
This is besides funding from multinationals that include oil companies like Exxon, Mobil and Shell.
No wonder TIZ has the luxury of funding a multiplicity of mischievous organisations bent on disturbing the peace.
That is also why vendor and residents associations are always keen to cause trouble in order to justify the funding they receive.
These are the groupings opted for because they directly deal with communities.
With its glut of cash, TIZ is a well-organised but dangerous NGO.
They have the means to reach the youth in all corners of the country and attempt to convert them into their disciples.
A disturbing aspect of their operations is its appetite for riotous behaviour.
This they believe will be evidence to their funders that they are succeeding in painting black the image of the Government led by a former liberation war movement.
Through social media platforms like facebook, whatsapp and twitter, they attempt to reach as wide an audience as possible in their bid to soil the image of ZANU PF.
This, they believe, will eventually justify their appeal for regime change.
It is for this reason, they encourage their disciples, through what they term ‘citizen journalism’ to circulate internationally, adverse images of the country.
However, their propensity for violent protests might have received a severe jolt because of the class action by Citizens Against Violence and Anarchy Trust (CAVAAT), in which National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) was ordered by the courts to compensate for damages caused by the violent protests they had led.
It’s a precedent that might persuade some of these NGOs to stick to their core business.
They are supposed to influence policy, for the good of the country’s citizens, through dialogue with the Government.
Mobilising people to rise against their own government on behalf of foreign interests is the height of treachery.
It’s high time some of these NGOs transform.

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