By Patience Rashai
Guised under the democracy drive, the European Union (EU) has yet again injected at least US$5 million into supposedly civil society organisations dealing with citizen participation in national political activities ahead of the 2018 elections, how noble.
Conveniently, the same gracious EU ditched Zimbabwe in 2002, terminating aid upon the country on purported human rights violations and lack of rule of law, among other things, has expediently seen the need to resuscitate relations via this sponsorship of civil society organisations ploy in an effort to further their capitalistic and perceived democracy dogma.
Noble and sincere as the EU is, why are they choosing to donate these millions to politically motivated civic organisations now, and not towards humanitarian aid. Why the eagerness to donate millions towards political participation, negating poor flood victims rooting from the Cyclone Dineo adversity in Tsholotsho and the larger part of rural Matabeleland.
Surprisingly, what seems important is purported democracy over peoples’ livelihoods. Really, who in their right senses would pursue ‘democracy’ initiatives when faced with death at their door step? Is this therefore an act of love or it’s a sheer desperate attempt to lure people into formation of small political parties resulting in political clashes and ultimately push for regime change?
Unmistakably another opportunity for the EU to destabilise the country.
The EU head of Zimbabwe delegation, Philip Van Damme, said they were happy to extend close to $10 million to the country, which they anticipated to be adequate to strengthen the capacity of organisations which promote democratic participation, good governance and accountability in the country, though there was no mention of any organisation in particular. So who are they giving?
“In total, the EU provides $5, 315,000 for proposals that address one of the two specific objectives, the first component being directed at civil society organisations that seek to enhance the role of civil society in the promotion of transparency, good governance and accountability to meaningfully participate in policy dialogue,” said Van Damme.
The EU further disclosed that they were encouraging women based organisations to apply for funding. Coincidentally, the beginning of the year earmarked the sprouting of such political civic organisations such as SheVotes2018 which advocates for women participation in politics and elections.
Evidently, these organisations had a heads up on what’s in stock for 2018 and were already clenching their jaws for such an opportunity to assemble personal political funds, hence the consistent inclination towards anti-government stance by all such civic organisations, one characteristic which donors find irresistible given their regime change philosophy.
The civil society was believed to have a need for these funds to strengthen their watchdog role in the implementation of the National Indicative Programme which envisages support to civil society in their participation in public policy formulation, transparency and accountability, service delivery, inclusive and sustainable growth and conflict prevention and peace building within the framework of the constitution.
Civic groups such as Crisis Coalition, Occupy Africa Unity Square have been on record paying up activists $20 per day merely to cause commotion.
Reports on civic organisations which later manifest into political parties characterise African politics, a situation which the EU intends to manipulate and see in Zimbabwe.