Donors Warn of Funding Cut to Zimbabwean NGO

For allegedly witholding aid to supporters of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change party, the aid group Family AIDS Care Trust now faces a possible donor funding cut. 

The Zimbabwean non-governmental organization’s new head in Makoni district, Portipher Guta, has reportedly  refused to provide aid to MDC supporters in the district, SW Radio Africa has reported. Guta is a functionary of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front.

FACT Executive Director Jephias Mundondo has denied the allegation.

“The [SW Radio Africa] article has had a very negative report on our part. I’ve received over 30 calls from all over the world with donors wanting to know what is happening because they are unhappy reading reports of their money being diverted by politicians,” Mundondo was quoted by SW Radio Africa as saying.

He added: “In its work, FACT does not serve community members based on their political, religion or whatever other class they may belong. Our focus is on the problems faced by the community and serves them in totality. This is based on HIV, AIDS and development issues in the communities, which has been the case for the past 23 years and will remain so.”

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.