Zimbabwean VP Blasts NGOs' Handouts to Poor People

    Non-governmental organizations have contributed to the rising poverty in Zimbabwe by giving free handouts to local farmers and poor families, the African country’s vice president has claimed.

    “NGOs have destroyed our culture of working,” The Zimbabwean quotes Vice President Joice Mujuru. “People should shun donors and work on the land to alleviate poverty.”

    But people who receive aid from NGOs have defended the groups, arguing that it was wrong for Mujuru to attack NGOs, which they said have done more than the government in helping poor farmers and low-income families.

    Meantime, an NGO official said non-governmental organizations are trying to complement the government’s efforts to improve the lives of poor people across the country. The official added that it was unfortunate that government officials criticize NGOs’ work, The Zimbabwean says.

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