Go to hell, Zanu PF tells US, NGOs

Source: Go to hell, Zanu PF tells US, NGOs -Newsday Zimbabwe

Chris Mutsvangwa

ZANU PF yesterday railed against the United States and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) saying they can “go to hell” for seeking to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.

Addressing a Zanu PF Press conference in Harare, party spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa accused Washington of sneaking secret agents to destabilise Zimbabwe ahead of the 2023 elections.

He was referring to an incident whereby security personnel tried to arrest some Americans who were having a meeting with members of the civil society in Harare.

“They sneaked into the country because they wanted to strengthen the back of the opposition, which is floundering. It was not long before the Americans were identified, that there were in the country and when that happened they hurriedly left the battle for Zambia and later explained that the government had refused to meet them,” he said.

”To hell with those NGOs who have nothing to offer in Zimbabwe. There is no role played by NGOs in terms of Zimbabwe’s development and nothing can be credited to them,” Mutsvangwa said.

“There is no traceable study where NGOs have delivered production in Zimbabwe, like car manufacturing companies. What is their role if they don’t give food handouts?”

The attack on the NGOs and civil society organisations (CSOs) come in the wake of a major Zanu PF push to have  the Private Voluntary Amendment Bill (PVO) Bill enacted to regulate the operations of these organisations.

Zanu PF has defended the Bill as necessary to whip into line the NGOs and CSOs that it accuses of pushing a regime change agenda.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum executive director Musa Kika said Mutsvangwa was offside in his attacks.

“I am afraid to say he does not understand what development is, particularly sustainable development, which is impossible without civil society. Human development, the most important development, has people at the centre, and one cannot wish away civil society in that matrix,” said Kika.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe spokesperson Obert Masaraure said: “It is sad that they are now accusing NGOs for their failures.”

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    Nyoni 2 months ago

    Chris you do realise you are doing the very same thing the so called Smith colonialists did . So why shouldn’t there be sanctions placed on your lot. DON’T HOLD US TO RANSOM ZANUPF.

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    Christopher Mutsvangwa is an idiot. Zimbabweans do not need foreigners to tell us what is wrong with the country and its leadership. We can see for ourselves, and we know who is responsible for our descent into abject poverty and misery. So Christopher Mutsvangwa, do us a favor and shut up. I belong to the category of Zimbabwe whose future, people like you and the rest of ZANUPF are destroying. It is my generation the will vote for people like William Ruto of Kenya and never ever vote for a Raila Odinga. We are biding our time. Pasi nemi and Pasi ne ZANUPF. Pasi ne ma Chinese who ZANUPF are allowing to steal our wealth. WE ARE ANGRY WITH ZANUPF, TIME FOR YOU TO GO.