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Forum leader, Nawakwi, calls on donors to halt funding NGOCC over alleged failure to defend women (video)


Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader, Edith Nawakwi, has called on donors to stop funding the Non-Governmental Gender Organization Coordinating Council (NGOCC) on the component of governance.

Nawakwi alleged that the NGOCC, had become a psuedo political organization and was failing to defend the women in the country who were being victimized by the current administration.

The FDD leader said this during a joint media briefing of women in politics from different political parties in Lusaka on Tuesday.

She said the women organisation in the country should sit down with the Minister of Finance and find other ways of disbursing the funds to organisations that deal governance issues and not through NGOCC.

“I want to state from the outset that when the Minister of Finance signs funds for governance, our portion which goes for governance specifically for women, it should be channeled directly to the women organisation,” Nawakwi proposed.

She alleged that the NGOCC had outlived its usefulness, had become moriband and was failing to serve its purpose of looking after the interest of the women in the country.

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“I want to tell those donors that when they come to you to ask for funds to implement governance activities, keep your zips zipped, they have only come to ask for their own money and not to help the women,” Nawakwi stated

She noted that NGOCC was supposed to be a grassroot organisation which was supposed to take care even those young women who are in need of help.

“I think it’s better to call a spade a spade, I want to state from the outset that the NGOCC has lived it’s usefulness, this not the NGOCC of Bo Mutukwa, Bo Wina, I was trained by Mutukwa,” Nawakwi said.

She alleged that in 2016, NGOCC approached her to become a running mate to a certain political party but that, however, she turned it down because she believed that NGOCC had moved away from its mandate.

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