Government stealing our documents - NGOs
Posted Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- Non-government Organisations under the NGO Forum have claimed that the government is stealing their sensitive documents, computers and monies with the intention to disrupt their work.
In a press briefing in Kampala yesterday, Mr Grace Babihuga, the executive director of Uganda Law Society, said in the last two years, purported burglars have taken away assets in several NGOs across the country targeting mainly offices of executive director, ICT and finance.
This, he said has been compounded further with threats from top government agencies, including the minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
“…coupled with the NGO office thefts are the threats from other government agencies and security organisations across the country. On several occasions the Minister of Internal Affairs has been quoted vowing to crack the whip on NGOs that operate the oil producing areas and those championing governance initiatives,” Mr Babihuga said.
Since his appointment as Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Nyakairima has urged NGOs not to interfere with government programmes and threatened to close those doing work which they were not registered for.
Recently Gen Nyakairima said he would crack the whip on NGOs suspected of undermining Uganda’s oil and gas sector.
Mr Babihuga alleges that in all these thefts, the police and other Justice Law and Order sector agencies have done inadequate or no follow up even in cases where suspects were captured on CCTV cameras.
He cites the recent robbery at the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda where six suspects were arrested but released on bail, leaving one in Luzira Prison, yet there was evidence captured on CCTV camera of robbers taking away assets.
However, Mr Ofwono Opondo, the government Media Centre boss, dismissed the allegations saying: “We (State) have legal machinery to get information either through the police or court prosecution. The law requires that they report to police .We can’t comment on generalisations,” he said.
Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), Women and Girl Child Development Association, African Youth Development Link,Lira NGO Forum,Action Aid International Uganda, Foundation For Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) and EASSI