As an administrative assistant for the conservative undercover group Project Veritas, Antoinetta Zappier had some unusual responsibilities. She claims she would be woken up in the middle of the night because Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe had lost his apartment keys, or asked to fake O’Keefe’s signature onto thousands of copies of his book, after donors had paid $200 each to receive “signed” copies.
And then, there was the time, Zappier says, she had to buy supplies to clean up a boat after partygoers at an event hosted by O’Keefe relieved themselves on the floor.
In a lawsuit filed Sunday, Zappier alleges that her duties for Project Veritas extended to a particularly debauched boat party for Young Republicans. After buying hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol for the party, Zappier alleges, she was left frantically purchasing cleaning supplies when attendees “defecated on the floor.”
The boat-excrement scene is just one incident alleged in a federal lawsuit Zappier filed Sunday against Project Veritas. The allegations—which also include an abortion, a near-fatal drug overdose, pornography, and secret sexual recordings—portray a conservative group running out of control under O’Keefe’s leadership.
“It’s like Animal House,” said Zappier’s attorney, Arthur Z. Schwartz.
Zappier was fired from Project Veritas in March 2022. In her lawsuit, she claims she was fired after rejecting the sexual advances of Project Veritas’ field director, Michael Spadone, who she claims also sexually assaulted her.
“Project Veritas encouraged a culture of employees sleeping with each other, and constantly drinking, using drugs, and partying together,” the lawsuit, which was first reported by The New York Times, alleges.
The Daily Beast sent Project Veritas a list of Zappier’s allegations. Instead of addressing them individually, the group replied with a mass email sent to Project Veritas’ supporters that claimed Zappier was fired for “unprofessional and inappropriate behavior in the workplace,” citing a year-old voicemail recording in which Zappier spoke dismissively to an aspiring tipster.
Project Veritas has filed its own lawsuit against Zappier. And in an attempt to discredit Zappier’s complaint, Project Veritas’ statement also pointed to the fact that Schwartz once worked as a lawyer for Acorn, the progressive community organizing group O’Keefe’s undercover videos once helped destroy.
“Schwartz is attempting to leverage Zappier’s claims to hurt Project Veritas,” the email claimed.
Complicating the fallout over Zappier’s firing, Zappier’s husband once threatened a Project Veritas staffer with a gun, according to the lawsuit, after the staffer insisted on taking a shower at the Zappiers’ home. While Zappier named a number of Project Veritas employees as witnesses or perpetrators to incidents mentioned in the lawsuit, The Daily Beast was unable to independently confirm her allegations.
The alleged hostile work environment for women at Project Veritas went beyond Zappier, according to the lawsuit. The complaint describes a workplace rife with alcohol and drug use and sexual relationships, including one man described as a “superior” engaging in daytime drinking and “sexual activity in the office.”
All of those alleged relationships could have consequences. When a Project Veritas fundraiser impregnated a woman described in the lawsuit as a “subordinate,” he “paid for her abortion.” After O’Keefe was told about the abortion, according to Zappier, the employee remained in his position.
O’Keefe perpetuated that sexual treatment of women at Project Veritas, according to the lawsuit. In the court filing, Zappier claims O’Keefe required Project Veritas’ undercover operatives to familiarize themselves with both the book and movie versions of Red Sparrow, a story about female Russian spies using seduction to gather intelligence.
O’Keefe allegedly described good-looking Project Veritas female agents as “Pretty Young Things,” or “PYTs,” and asked his employees to flag private social media messages from women so he could “respond to them personally.” The complaint also alleges that O’Keefe disparaged individual women’s bodies, describing one woman as “a train” and nicknaming another “Belle” because she was “shaped like the Liberty Bell.”
In one of the lawsuit’s more startling allegations, Zappier claims O’Keefe secretly recorded phone calls with his then-girlfriend, another conservative media personality. Zappier alleges that O’Keefe shared the recordings with other Project Veritas employees, even though the audio files featured O’Keefe and the woman discussing their “sexual activities.”
Zappier also alleges that pornography appeared in the Project Veritas office, albeit sometimes accidentally. The lawsuit claims O’Keefe once inadvertently played a pornographic video in front of roughly 75 staffers during a presentation. Zappier also saw pornography on O’Keefe’s computer in another incident, when she entered his office to put something on his desk, according to the complaint.
Porn at Project Veritas was a point of dispute between the parties even before the lawsuit was filed. In a May email to a Project Veritas lawyer later released by the group, Schwartz—Zappier’s attorney—wrote that he has “witnesses to James O'Keefe watching porn in his office with the door open.”
In Zappier’s telling, the unusual activities at Project Veritas weren’t limited to its office in Mamaroneck, N.Y. She claims the group—registered as a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit with the IRS—rented a corporate apartment that became a “frat house” for “drinking, sex, marijuana, and parties,” with O’Keefe sometimes appearing there himself. Zappier alleges that one of the group’s undercover operatives “nearly died of a drug overdose” at the apartment, prompting his boss to question other Project Veritas employees who witnessed the drug use.
Attempts to rein in Project Veritas’ culture were quickly quashed, according to the lawsuit. When a female attorney started to document potential human resources violations, including workday drinking and “a superior having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a much younger subordinate,” O’Keefe allegedly accused her of spying on staffers.
According to Zappier, O’Keefe panic that news of the lawyer’s inquiry would reach the media. The lawyer was fired, the lawsuit claims.
“Humans gonna be human,” O’Keefe replied when confronted with the issues documented by the lawyer, according to Zappier’s lawsuit.
Zappier’s attorney, Schwartz, predicted that the allegations about the inner workings of Project Veritas were just starting to come out, saying Zappier’s lawsuit could have a “snowball effect.” Schwartz has also filed a potential class-action lawsuit against Project Veritas over wages.
“This was a highly, highly trusted person,” Schwartz said of Zappier.
The conservative group Project Veritas has for years sought to embarrass political opponents and members of media organizations by surreptitiously recording them and publicizing their private communications.
But two lawsuits filed in federal court late Sunday by the organization’s former employees purported to expose its own inner workings, portraying a “highly sexualized” work culture where daytime drinking and drug use were common and the group benefited from employees who worked additional hours without pay.
Both lawsuits, filed in Manhattan, describe the dedication of a young staff of operatives who have attracted the support of powerful political allies and donors. One suit describes a corporate apartment the organization kept as having been used like a “frat house” for drinking, sex and parties.
That lawsuit also discloses the names of more than a dozen of the organization’s employees and the identities of field operatives, information that the group has taken significant care to shield.
The suits — which were triggered in part by a conflict with an ex-employee, Antonietta Zappier, over the terms of her departure from the organization — come as the group is under investigation by federal prosecutors, who have suggested they have evidence the organization was complicit in stealing a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, a daughter of President Biden; Project Veritas has denied any wrongdoing or knowledge that the diary was stolen.
Both lawsuits were filed by Arthur Z. Schwartz, a former general counsel for Acorn, a community organizing group that dissolved after an undercover sting operation carried out in part by Project Veritas’s founder, James O’Keefe.
In a statement, Mr. O’Keefe referred to Ms. Zappier as a “disgruntled” former employee and called her claims “a range of made-up falsehoods.”
“Zappier was fired months ago for unprofessional and inappropriate behavior in the workplace,” the statement said, adding that she had threatened to physically harm one of Project Veritas’s neighbors and insulted people who had reached out to the organization to tell their stories.
It also said that Mr. Schwartz was attempting to leverage her claims “to hurt Project Veritas,” adding: “His one and only objective in representing Zappier is to get payback for Veritas’s investigation into Acorn over 10 years ago.”
Mr. Schwartz objected to the characterization of Ms. Zappier, noting that she had received positive evaluations at work, had never been admonished for negative behavior and was trusted by Mr. O’Keefe.
Ms. Zappier’s lawsuit comes two months after Project Veritas filed a lawsuit against her and her husband, Vincent Zappier. In its suit, the group accused her of breaching the terms of a separation agreement, and her husband of harassing its employees. Some of the specific claims about Ms. Zappier included in Mr. O’Keefe’s statement were not in the organization’s lawsuit against the couple.
Although Project Veritas describes its employees as journalists, its operations typically diverge from standard journalistic practice, with the organization’s operatives masking their real identities or creating phony ones.
Project Veritas has an ongoing defamation suit against The Times, and the publication of articles based on the organization’s legal memos is the subject of litigation.
Ms. Zappier worked as an administrative assistant at Project Veritas from September 2019 to March 2022. One of the lawsuits, filed on her behalf, accuses the organization’s field director, Michael Spadone, of sexual harassment and assault, saying that he groped and kissed her in December 2021.
That lawsuit says that Mr. Spadone’s job at the organization is “to recruit, train and supervise” its operatives and that he participated in its field work.
Project Veritas’s lawsuit against Ms. Zappier anticipated her claims about Mr. Spadone, though it referred to him only by his code name, “Jitsu.” Project Veritas said in the suit that it had investigated allegations by Ms. Zappier against “Jitsu” but “did not find any corroboration for her claims.”
Ms. Zappier’s suit also described her as having worked closely with James O’Keefe, the organization’s leader, dealing with his parking tickets and laundry and signing his name on thousands of books for donors who had contributed a minimum of $200 for autographed copies.
The lawsuit also said that Mr. O’Keefe gave instructions to flag private messages on his social media account from attractive women so he could respond to them personally; that he wanted young, attractive female operatives he referred to as “pretty young things” or “PYTs” to be hired to go on undercover dates; and that he mandated that the group’s operatives review copies of the book and movie “Red Sparrow,” about a Russian intelligence agent trained in “sexpionage.”
The plaintiffs in the other suit, a proposed class-action claim, are Ms. Zappier; two other ex-employees, Nick Gioia and Dan Schuy, who say that they were not paid overtime for their work; and other “similarly situated” employees. Mr. Gioia and Mr. Schuy were video editors at Project Veritas, working 10 hours a day and sometimes more, the suit said.
Ms. Zappier’s individual suit is significantly more detailed. It says drinking and drug use were “rampant” within Project Veritas and that supervisors were sexually involved with subordinates.
Mr. Spadone often complimented Ms. Zappier’s appearance, repeatedly greeting her with, “Hey, gorgeous,” according to her suit. On Dec. 17, 2021, the suit said, a sweaty and intoxicated Mr. Spadone grabbed Ms. Zappier while she was on a dance floor, wrapped her in a bear hug and began to kiss her.
Ms. Zappier spoke about that incident with several employees, her lawsuit said, but did not go to Project Veritas’s head of human resources because she believed that doing so would jeopardize her job.
Ms. Zappier’s suit said that she felt pressure to extend herself on behalf of the organization, so much so that it came to frustrate her husband. Her suit described a confrontation between Mr. Zappier and one of Project Veritas’s operatives.
According to Ms. Zappier’s suit, the operative, Bradley Barkowski, who went by the code name “Jasper,” wanted to use the shower at Ms. Zappier’s house. Ms. Zappier agreed and Mr. Barkowski arrived at the house, to the displeasure of her husband.
After Mr. Barkowski ignored a request to leave, Mr. Zappier retrieved a gun and informed the operative that he was armed. Ms. Zappier then asked Mr. Barkowski to leave again, which he did, the suit said.
But Ms. Zappier’s suit says that incident, which immediately preceded her firing, was not at issue in her termination. Instead, she said, the group’s head of human resources attributed the dismissal to an inappropriate voice mail from her from a year earlier that had surfaced on the internet.
Ms. Zappier contends that she was dismissed as “payback” for rejecting what she took as an invitation from Mr. Spadone six days before her firing to spend a weekend at his home for a sexual liaison.
In its suit, Project Veritas said that Ms. Zappier’s husband had harassed a Project Veritas employee, referring to a different incident. Mr. Schwartz called that assertion “bogus.”
Event suppression is the process of ignoring events that are generated due to a higher-level event or known events. A good example is the mailboxes of the users who have left the organization. The corresponding connector will display events for these mailboxes as the statuses of the mailboxes will be inactive.
As an administrator, it is a must to know about the events, but sometimes a few events are noise. Reducing the volume of events is possible by defining event suppression rules. The lower the volume, the easier it is to identify the most critical events and take action to rectify them.
The domain of the collector to which the collector backup policy is being added. This is a read-only field. By default, the domain for a new policy will be the same as the domain for the collector. This field is set when you add a collector.
The Policy Domain is the domain of the policy that is being configured for the Data Collector. The Policy Domain must be set to the same value as the Collector Domain. The domain identifies the top level of your host group hierarchy. All newly discovered hosts are added to the root host group associated with the Policy Domain.
Typically, only one Policy Domain will be available in the drop-down list. If you are a Managed Services Provider, each of your customers will have a unique domain with its own host group hierarchy.
To find your Domain name, click your login name and select My Profile from the menu. Your Domain name is displayed in your profile settings.
Enter the IP address of the Authentication Server and port number in the format: <ip address>:<port_number>.
For V1, the port number is NOT required if you are running on the default port. However, if you are running on a port other than the default, you must specify the port number.
If using V2 authentication, this port number is the Admin port of the authentication server with the default value of 35757.
The public port for V2 authentication. Typically, the default value is 5000.
Enter a user ID that has access to the tenants/projects. This user must have an Admin role, which has access to all projects. When you click Get Nodes, the credentials are Checked to ensure this is a valid user.
Enter the password associated with the User ID.
Enter an IP address or host name for the OpenStack proxy server. This address/name may be the same as what is configured for the Controller.
This path identifies the location of the OpenStack Swift configuration files. Default: /etc/swift
Enter a user ID for the Swift Proxy server. This user must have super-user root privileges (sudo, sesudo, and pbrun are supported). When you click Get Nodes, an SSH connection is made to the Proxy server and a list of node IP addresses is returned.
Enter the password associated with the Proxy's User ID.
When you click Get Nodes, the Authentication Server credentials are verified. Next, an SSH connection is made to the Proxy server to return a list of node IP addresses that will be listed in the table. This process can take up to a minute to complete. When this processing is complete, click the Details link to list status and any errors, such as authentication failures, that prevented collection of the list of nodes. Get Nodes requires that Agent Services are running.
When you click Configure, the Data Collector policy is saved and the Host Inventory window is displayed so that you can take the following actions before collection can take place for the listed nodes: Manage Credentials, Manage Paths, and Manage Access Control.
Although a list of nodes has been identified, node collection will not complete successfully until all configurations have been set and collection is activated in the Host Inventory window. The following message may appear in the metadata log file, if configurations are not correct: "Could not find a host for this IP address: <ip_address>"
Click the clock icon to create a schedule. By default, it is collected every 8 hours.
Every Minute, Hourly, Daily, Weekly, and Monthly schedules may be created. Advanced use of native CRON strings is also available.
Examples of CRON expressions:
*/30 * * * * means every 30 minutes
*/20 9-18 * * * means every 20 minutes between the hours of 9am and 6pm
*/10 * * * 1-5 means every 10 minutes Mon - Fri.
Explicit schedules set for a Collector policy are relative to the time on the Collector server. Schedules with frequencies are relative to the time that the Data Collector was restarted.
Values listed for a storage node represent the state of the main Capacity probe for the host: On, Off, or N/A. After the initial Get Nodes action, the state will always be N/A because the Configure step must occur before data collection can be attempted.
Values listed for a storage node represent the status of all probes for the host: Error, Success, or N/A. After the initial Get Nodes action, the state will always be N/A because the Configure step must occur before data collection can be attempted.
Enter or edit notes for your data collector policy. The maximum number of characters is 1024. Policy notes are retained along with the policy information for the specific vendor and displayed on the Collector Administration page as a column making them searchable as well.
Gipe resigned four months after Project Veritas, a conservative group known for undercover sting operations, published secretly recorded video of him saying, “I have 180 days to turn them into revolutionaries.” When asked how he planned to achieve that, Gipe replied, “Scare the f*** out of them.”
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Once the video went viral, sending parents into an uproar, the school district launched an investigation. In addition to the antifa flag referenced in the video, his classroom featured art from the Occupy Oakland protests and magnets showing brass knuckles, beer and an image of former President Donald Trump with the subtext: “Days without being a national embarrassment: 0,” The Sacramento Bee reported.
According to the investigation, Gipe also rejected the course curriculum and ignored the textbook designed to accompany his AP courses. Instead, the teacher allegedly focused on lectures about communism. That didn’t help his students when it came time for the AP exam: only one student passed in 2019, only six students passed in 2020 and only two passed in 2021, The Sacramento Bee reported.
An administrative judge ordered Gipe to be placed on paid leave during the investigation, related hearings and if necessary, appeals process. Following the investigation, the district cited him for “evident unfitness for service.” In addition to his resignation, the assistant principal overseeing that department no longer works for the district, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The latest terrorist attack on a unit of the Brigade of Guards in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has jolted many residents. LEON USIGBE writes on the incident that claimed the lives of soldiers of the elite presidential security outfit and measures to keep the citizens safe.
An audacious letter from perceived terrorists announcing an imminent attack on the Nigerian Law School was said to be the trigger for the military action that culminated in the killing of an army captain and at least three soldiers of the Presidential Guards Brigade in Bwari, Abuja penultimate Sunday. Coming barely a few weeks after an attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s advance convoy (also made up of elements of the Guards Brigade) to Daura, Katsina State, the successful simultaneous Boko Haram raid on the Custodial Centre in Kuje, Abuja, freeing their detained members and others, and another one also against elements of the Guards Brigade at a checkpoint under Zuma Rock, there had been, naturally, panic among residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who fear that this may become the new normal.
From the narration provided by someone who described himself in an audio message as member of the 7th Guards Brigade involved in the operation on the faithful night, the letter to the Nigeria Law School raised doubts as to the true target of the terrorists. The military reasoned that the Law School could just be a decoy to attack another facility and their suspicion was that the real intended target could be the Veritas University, a Catholic Institution a couple of kilometres away from the Law School. The strategy was, therefore, to provide security cover, not just for the Law School, but for Veritas as well.
According to the narrator, who sounded distressed while describing himself as badly wounded in the attack and speaking on his National Hospital, Abuja bed, a nightly patrol by his unit ensued and was on at the axis for several weeks during which time they continued to notice flashes of light in the bush around the areas, suggesting to them that there might indeed be some undesirable infiltrators. The decision was taken to storm the bush during the day. What they found littering the environments were tell tales of suspected terrorists who had been cooking for themselves, smoking and taking drugs. But the criminals had moved from there and the soldiers decided to trail them and got to a point where it was impossible to advance with their vehicles because gullies, water and rocks had rendered the terrain the unmotorable.
The voice in the audio message claimed that the soldiers dismounted from the vehicles, took their rifles and moved on foot thinking that they were after a band of a few criminals. But they were wrong. From his narration, the terrorists, fully prepared, had actually sighted them from afar and laid the deadly ambush. The narration is yet to be rebutted.
The news of the attack unsettled Bwari residents, more especially students of the Nigerian Law School many of who quickly scampered out of the environment for safety. A security supervisor attached to the Nigerian Law School who gave his name as Jackson, told the Nigerian Tribune that he did not believe the institution was the target of the terrorists.
According to him, people in the school knew nothing about the Sunday attack on the military until it was broken in news platforms. He said everything in the school went on normally on the day of the incident nobody felt threatened. But he admitted that many students subsequently fled the institution on hearing the news. Nigerian Tribune learnt that all the students returned to the campus afterwards. “We are working with the military. There is constant security patrol. I can assure you that we have not had any problems at all. The attack on the soldiers happened along the road to Kaduna far away from here, and so, it did not threaten us,” he said.
Like Kuje, Bwari is one of six the Area Councils that make up the FCT. It is host to several key government and private institutions including the Nigerian Law School, the national headquarters of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Computer-Based Testing Centre, the National Institute for Security Studies, the Usman Dam, Veritas University, Federal Government Girls College, a Nigerian Army Camp, among others. With the institutions, the cosmopolitan council should be a highly developed area council but it struggles with the familiar narrow pothole-infested township roads, overcrowding and constant menace of unruly commercial motorcycle riders who, it is believed in many places, double as criminal gangs and informants.
From the Abuja Municipal Area Council city centre, the 19-kilometre stretch of road connecting Bwari to the Kubwa Expressway is a paved, dual-carriage way, meandering through picturesque hills and forests with spatial settlements on both sides. For first time visitors, the somnolence of the topography may suggest that it can be a festering ground for undesirable elements especially at night.
However, during the day, the constant stream of traffic provides assurances for those who might harbour fears of attack. Beyond that, there is a permanent military observation post between Dutsen Alhaji and Bwari with soldiers keeping constant vigilance over commuters. The military presence is not strange because Bwari shares its northern boundary with Kaduna and it is a major transit route between Kaduna State, which hosts hundreds of bandits, and the FCT.
Since last year, the Area Council has been living on the edge following the massive influx of suspected Fulani herdsmen. The movement of the cattle breeders thought to be from Niger State with their herds of animals, caused anxiety among some of the agrarian boundary communities in the north of the council and those in the west with a common boundary with Niger State. Among these communities gripped with fear over the mass movement are Kuduru, Sabon Gari, Barangoni, Kuchiko, Tudun Fulani and Arab Road. Despite the observed 2020 influx and the fact that it had got its fair share of the usual criminal activities particularly, kidnapping for ransom, Bwari residents have had no serious cause to fret about a possible Boko Haram invasion until now.
With the attack on the Guards Brigade, they fear that Bwari has become a magnet for terrorism. This is what the FCT administration is now trying to avert through its revival of what it calls the G7 security operations, involving security collaboration and partnerships with states that are contiguous with the territory.
According to the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, the re-invigoration of the G7 security operations will see the commencement of security actions and procedures by members of the G7 which will involve taking the fight to the bandits and terrorists in their camps located in states bordering the territory. For the initiative to succeed, the police boss believes that the cooperation of the residents will be indispensable.
“I call on residents to deliver actionable and timely intelligence to all the security agencies and to also be security conscious. I’m also assuring them that FCT is safe. Every member of the community should go about their lawful businesses. We are on top of the situation. We have deployed our men both overt and covert and we are doing everything possible in synergy with all the security agencies, with the support of our traditional rulers and religious leaders to make sure that FCT is safe,” he said following the Bwari incident.
The attack also promped a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, which resolved to explore new measures that have been evolved by the military heads to tackle the worsening insecurity in the country.
Residents of Bwari, the FCT and the nation in general, will be hoping that the administration follows through on its pledge to keep everyone safe.
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Axonius, a leader in cybersecurity asset management and SaaS management, has appointed Tom Kennedy as its Vice President of Axonius Federal Systems LLC, the company’s government-focused subsidiary. As vice president, Kennedy will be responsible for building on the program’s growth, and expanding the impact and reach of the Axonius platform within the federal marketplace.
Prior to joining Axonius, Kennedy was Vice President of Public Sector at Rubrik, where he helped to accelerate the company’s federal sector growth. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager, Public Sector at Veritas, where he led the company’s federal, state and local, education and health care divisions. He held several leadership roles at Symantec before they spun off Veritas.
“Tom has extensive experience in public markets, and he understands fully and completely the numerous cybersecurity challenges currently facing federal agencies,” said Dean Sysman, CEO and co-founder of Axonius. “By combining his background with the simple, but comprehensive approach of the Axonius platform, more government agencies will come to understand the important role cybersecurity asset management plays in strengthening our nation’s cybersecurity through enhanced visibility into assets and issues.”
In May 2021, the Biden administration issued Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, which directs decisive action to Boost the federal government’s cybersecurity capabilities. Included in that order is a mandate that all government agencies understand their assets and corresponding relationship to security policy expectations.
Axonius enables agencies to meet this expectation by providing organizations with a complete and accurate asset inventory, helping them to discover security coverage gaps and then enabling them to take steps to automate and enforce security policies.
“I’ve long held the belief that accurate asset management is foundational to any cybersecurity program,” Kennedy said. “You simply can’t secure what you can’t see, and Axonius eliminates that challenge. I joined the company because I believe in the platform, and I know that by helping government agencies gain visibility into their assets and security gaps, we can deliver them confidence in their ability to comply with regulations and keep their agencies secure.”
Since the formation of Axonius Federal Systems LLC, the 4.0-f version of the Axonius Cybersecurity Asset Management solution has been certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) as having passed Common Criteria validation. As a result, government agencies that require NIAP validation from vendors can leverage Axonius to reduce cyber risk and gain asset visibility across their environments.
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BY SHARON BUWERIMWE
LEGAL experts have threatened to drag government to the Constitutional Court if the contentious Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Bill is passed into law in its current
Zimbabwe is currently crafting the PVOs Amendment Bill which is before the National Assembly and has been internationally criticised for clauses that are likely to ban operations of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
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Critics say the Bill gives too much power to the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister to register and de-register NGOs, as well as to demand disclosure of their sources of funding.
Expects have argued that the Bill is unconstitutional and will result in employees at civic society organisations losing their jobs through closure of some associations.
Speaking in Harare yesterday at a media workshop organised by Veritas Zimbabwe on the PVOs Amendment Bill, Veritas programmes manager Lizwe Jamela said if the Bill was assented into law by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the only way to test its constitutionality would be by taking it to the Constitutional Court.
“The Bill is unconstitutional, it violates section 34 of the Constitution. If the Bill passes in its current form, as Veritas, we will do public interest litigation, and we will take it to the Constitutional court,” Jamela said.
Top lawyer and a human rights defender, Brian Crozier said the Bill did not comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations.
“The Bill is incoherent and badly drafted. It is unconstitutional and does not bring the PVOs Act that is being amended into line with FATF recommendations. We don’t want the Bill to be passed in its current form,” Crozier said.
“The measures will disrupt and discourage the work of PVOs, particularly those that engage in civil rights activities that could be construed as political.”
Veritas director, Val Ingham-Thorpe also said the Bill would curtail freedom of speech.
“Zimbabwe will be seen as a more repressive State if that Bill is passed. There will be huge censorship and prisoners taking long to get bail. It will infringe people’s rights. So, senators should Boost the amendments to the Bill,” Ingham-Thorpe said.
The PVOs Amendment Bill is at the Committee memorizing Stage in the National Assembly.
It has been criticised by international organisations that view it as a government ploy to close the democratic space ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Meanwhile, in a statement yesterday, the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) called for withdrawal of the Bill saying it would restrict civic space and access to humanitarian support services in the
“The consultation processes that were conducted in relation to the original draft of the Bill were conducted in bad faith, as CSOs’ concerns have been entirely disregarded, with the proposed amendments introducing even greater restrictions to the rights to freedom of association and administrative justice,” said Zimcodd in a statement.
“This violates the public’s constitutional right to participate in law-making, as the authorities have a constitutional obligation to consider the views of the public in terms of section 141 of the Constitution.
“Parliament is required to facilitate public involvement in its legislative and other processes and in the processes of its committees, and Parliament must conduct its business in a transparent manner.”