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Woza financially squeezed

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Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) is reportedly reeling under severe financial squeeze which has resulted in some of its employees going for months without salaries.

Some of the disgruntled workers, who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity, said they had stopped going to work until they receive their outstanding salaries and allowances.

But Woza leader Jenny Williams on Thursday dismissed the reports as untrue.

“It is not true that we are facing financial challenges. In any case, every non-governmental organisation in the country is facing financial challenges,” she said.

“I am not aware that there are some of our members who are not reporting for duty due to financial issue. If anyone has a query, I would advise that they follow proper procedures to address their problems.”

However, a Woza employee who declined to be named insisted: “We have not been receiving our salaries and allowances for a while now and some of our members are no longer going to work due to that.

“The organisation has been facing serious financial challenges, which is why we are in this situation,” said another member.

Woza is a civic movement founded by Williams and other activists in 2003 to campaign for women’s rights.

Williams and other Woza leaders including Magodonga Mahlangu – have been arrested several times for leading women protest marches over issues affecting women.

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