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Suspension on some NGOs lifted in Zimbabwe
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17:46, June 20, 2008

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The Zimbabwean government has lifted the suspension of field operations for non-governmental organizations running supplementary feeding schemes and those involved in AIDS-related issues, ZBC News reported on Thursday.

Last week, the government suspended field operations of all NGOs to vet their activities amid suspicion that most of them were involved in politics.

In a circular sent to the NGOs, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Acting Secretary, Sydney Mhishi, said supplementary feeding and anti-retroviral drug rollout can not be affected by the suspension as they do not entail community mobilization.

The circular was sent after the government met with the civil society in Harare seeking clarification on the definition of field operations, interpretation of suspension, reasons for suspension and duration of the suspension.

Mhishi said the NGOs had not been necessarily banned or de-registered but were only suspended pending investigations. Their head offices have not been affected.

The acting secretary said other suspended NGOs will be allowed to resume normal operations as soon as investigations are complete.

The National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations communications has welcomed the lifting of the suspension and expressed hope that this will be extended to all NGOs.

Zimbabwe has more than 400 NGOs involved in HIV/AIDS-related work.

Source: Xinhua

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