via NANGO disowns Treasurer’s anti-sanctions slur | The Zimbabwean by Edgar Gweshe 12.11.13
The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations has distanced itself from claims by one of its senior members that targeted measures imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States and the European Union in 2002 were hurting the country.
NANGO is an umbrella organisation for civic society groups in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe was slapped with the sanctions following a wave of human rights violations and ill governance.
NANGO Treasurer, Paul Juru, was quoted by a local daily recently saying the organisation was determined to work with the government in ensuring the sanctions were scrapped.
“We recognise that there are sanctions in the country. They are real and those people that are vulnerable are at the receiving end,” he said.
“We are determined to engage relevant powers towards the scrapping of the sanctions. We are looking forward to working with Government in identifying international players who will have a voice in the scrapping off of the embargo,” said Juru.
However, NANGO Secretary General, Paul Mabwe, distanced himself from Juru’s claims which he said were personal views.
In a statement, Mabwe said NANGO’s decisions are based on consultations rather than personal statements.
“The organisation would like to distance itself from the statement attributed to the Treasurer of the Association.. Paul Juru. The policy positions of NANGO are derived from a process of internal consultation of its members on all issues.
“That process on the issue concerned has not taken place whether at Board level or the entire membership. NANGO therefore dismisses the statement in The Herald as personal views of its Treasurer,” said Mabwe.
He said his organisation was in the process of consulting stakeholders on policy interventions and directions for NGOs.
“Once that process is finalised, the organisation will be prepared to share its position on this and any other emerging issues with all stakeholders including the media. NANGO would like to apologise to all its members for the remarks by.. Paul Juru and will take appropriate action to correct the same and make sure that official policy positions of the organisation are released procedurally as guided by its constitution,” said Mabwe.