The registrar of NGOs in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Neema Mwanga, told journalists in Dodoma yesterday that the deregistered organisations had been conducting their duties contrary to the country’s laws.
She said the NGOs had been providing services and financing certain groups of people in the society contrary to the country regulations that regulate their operations.
“These NGOs had violated Section 20 (1)(C) of the Non-Governmental Organisations Act which was reviewed in 2005”, said the registrar.
Mwanga mentioned the NGOs that have been officially removed from the list of registered organizations as Community Health Education Services & Advocacy (CHESA), Kazi Busara na Hekima (KBH), AHA Development Organization Tanzania, Hamasa Poverty Reduction (HAPORE), Hope 2 Others and Pathfinders Green City.
She said the government will not hesitate taking measures against any of the registered organisations engaging in activities that could threaten the national security. She said the legal measures to be taken against them, includes revoking registration.
Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Council of NGOs in Dodoma in March this year, Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile issued a stern warning against NGOs engaging in activities that could jeopardise national security including money laundering and terrorism.
Dr Ndugulile said there were reports of some NGOs being used to conduct fraud, hence violating the very objectives for which they were established, while some activities threatened national security.
He warned that any organization that fails to observe and undertake its activities as per the laws of the land will have their registrations revoked.
The deputy minister also challenged NGOs to expand their areas of coverage to avoid concentrating their efforts only in small areas.
Dr Ngugulile called on NGOs registered in Tanzania to align their priorities against those of the government and stop the tendency of forcing the government to accept each and everything they advocate.
He said the government has already finalized the database for all NGOs in the country, and an electronic system has been established to ensure that all organizations are linked to it.