Zimbabwe’s government has indefinitely suspended all field work by aid groups and non-governmental organisations. Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche accused several of “breaching the terms and conditions of their registration”, in a written notice sent to the groups. Earlier, police detained a group of US and UK diplomats for several hours as they investigated political violence there, US ambassador James McGee said.
The US and UK demanded an explanation for the “unjust and outrageous” move. Zimbabwean Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu accused Mr McGee and the UK High Commissioner of working with the opposition to incite the population and warned they risked being expelled. He also insisted the police had every right to question the diplomats.
The suspension of all field operations by private voluntary organisations (PVOs) and NGOs comes nearly a week after President Robert Mugabe banned some aid agencies from Zimbabwe.
Care International, a UK-based organisation, was forbidden to work after being accused of campaigning for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) ahead of the presidential run-off on 27 June. Care has strenuously denied the accusation. [Continue reading…..]