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Human Rights Activist Calls for Zimbabwe, NGOs Reconciliation

Okay Machisa presenting blankets and other goods at Northcot Training Institute. (Photo/Irwin Chifera)
Zimbabwe Human Rights commissioner, Elasto Mugwadi, says the government must stop fighting donor agencies but instead work with them to ensure people enjoy all their rights.

Mugwadi, who was officiating at a function where a local human rights group, the Zimbabwe Peace Project or ZPP handed over mattresses, pillow cases and other goods to Northcot Training Centre, said Zimbabwe can do well if it works with non-governmental organizations.

Mugwadi, who is chairman of the commission’s working group on children’s rights, commended ZPP for their donation saying it will improve learning and living conditions for children at Northcot.

He said urged the children to reciprocate the donation by obtaining the best results in their examinations.

ZPP board member, Okay Machisa, said today’s event was a belated function to commemorate the 2013 International Peace Day whose theme was ‘Education for Peace’.

He said his organization had found it appropriate to assist the school.
Northcot Training Institute is situated in Mt. Hampden just outside Harare and was a meant for child offenders only before it started also taking street children.
It now also enrolls children from neighboring suburbs and farms.