Zimbabwe charities - new state onslaught

2012-03-04 18:20

Harare - Civic organisations say authorities loyal to Zimbabwe's president have launched a new onslaught against humanitarian agencies by demanding illegal levies and putting them under surveillance.

President Robert Mugabe has frequently accused charities of opposing his rule and campaigning against his party. He has called for fresh elections this year.

An alliance of civic groups said on Sunday that authorities across the country have imposed charges of up to $1 000 to allow them to operate.

The practice is "theft and extortion," they said, adding that many non-governmental groups also reported "direct surveillance" by intelligence agents and the military that hurt services to the needy.

Unless stopped, they say, "the ultimate loser will be the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and individuals."

  • Juan - 2012-03-04 18:42

    Unbelievable that this idiot is africa's hero to many

      Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza - 2012-03-04 21:27

      Mugabe is no idiot trust me. If he was an idiot he wouldnt be in power right now, he always get wat he wants, unlike Juju..

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-05 04:50

      Magabe is not in control of Zimbabwe... Its running is in the hands of lawless veterans and thugs who do as they wish. Mugabe is just their spokesperson... when will people realise this!

  • colin.dovey - 2012-03-04 19:06

    He gave Malema lessons in idiocy

  • Michele - 2012-03-04 19:35

    Mugabe is trying to get the charity and humanitarian agencies out of the way or severely hampered before the elections come along. His supporters hate these oragisations because they keep account of who did what when he releases his goon squads to terrorise and murder the opposition leadership. The last election was a complete farce, he murdered and maimed tens of thousands of people and our bunch said " what crisis " At my last count Mugabe has tried to have Tsvangarai murdered 4 times over the years. Read a book called " the fear " written by Peter Godwin and you will get a better of understanding of what exactly happens in Zim under this butcher of innocents and his generals.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-04 19:36

    Just pull out of Zimbabwe. Let the people rot!

      Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza - 2012-03-04 21:20

      And why should the people of Zim rot?.

      Anthony - 2012-03-04 21:33

      @Spartanx93 That you can make such a sick comment, full of hatred, I can understand, but that there are another three that support this disgraceful comment, surprises me !!!!!

      Michele - 2012-03-04 21:57

      Wouldn't Bob and his cronies just love that. Spartan you are a chop.

      Kevin - 2012-03-05 06:49

      I don't agree that they should rot. But no-one does anything about it, so how is it ever going to improve? The poor in Zim are worse off than in the previous regime, but they do nothing to change that, they're too afraid to try to resist. The country is slowly going backwards, they have the potential to become a strong force in the global economy, but their leaders aren't leading them there - in fact, they're leading them the other way.

      Bigsister - 2012-03-05 09:53

      @Kevin - worse off than under the previous regime? Thats almost 32 years ago - come n dude, and 'slowly going backwards'... are you for real, slowly going backwards is an out dated understatement of monumental proportions, the country is at rock bottom, it plunged to unprecedented lows in the last 5 years. The only way it can get any worse is if these NGO's (charities) pull out now. Mugabe of course wants them to leave so that those poor people will be forced to accept the food he gives to people holding a ZANU-PF membership card.

  • Paddy - 2012-03-05 07:48

    Children in charge of the sweetie jar.......

  • Craig - 2012-03-05 08:33

    Bob cares only about himself and his cronies, andnot the lives of the common people... Lets hope our "Quiet Diplomacy" will help change his mind this time...

  • Thys - 2012-03-05 09:25

    These organisations should pull out in that case. In most cases these organisations make things worse, especially in Africa. //Puts on flame suit

  • William - 2012-03-05 09:32

    Yes I agree, Mugabe is not an idiot!! He is a very clever and crafty individual, in addition to being an excellent public speaker!! He is however guilty of murder, extortion, intimidation and torture to satisfy his misguided view of the 'white' colonial being the ultimate enemy. At the same time he claims to be a 'devout' Catholic while being guilty of before mentioned crimes!! Had he followed the example he set on coming into office he would still be highly regarded. He is now nothing more than a bitter, sad old man clinging to power no matter what!!!! Very sad!!!

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