According to Ezaga, NGOs and CSOs should leave the Government to complete its ongoing investigations into the operation of the facility. He says that it is unfortunate that the affected organizations act as if they are independent of the nations.
The National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organisations -NGO Bureau has
asked beneficiaries under the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) to remain
silent amidst the ongoing discussions on the government’s suspension of the
The Bureau, a semi-autonomous body under the Ministry of Internal
Affairs is mandated to register, regulate, coordinate, inspect, monitor and
oversee all NGO operations in the country.
Speaking at a press conference at the government-owned Uganda Media Center
on Tuesday, Patrick Onen Ezaga, the Spokesperson of the Bureau said NGOs and
Civil society organisations supported by DGF should desist from making careless
statements amidst ongoing discussions within the Government on the Shillings 500
Billion DGF support to both State and non-state actors.
Museveni ordered the suspension of DGF, the single biggest donor basket
established by Development Partners to provide harmonized, coherent and
well-coordinated support to state and non-state entities in the country.
to Museveni, Ministry of Finance irregularly and unilaterally authorized DGF
funding to a tune Shillings 500 billion to be operated exclusively by foreign
missions in Uganda. He says that the approval of DGF operations, without government
oversight, tantamount to surrendering the sovereignty of the people of Uganda
to foreign interests.
Now, Ezaga says that some NGOs and CSOs made statements
accusing Government of all sorts of things including Electoral fraud, torture
and killings in a press conference held last week. According to Ezaga, NGOs and
CSOs should leave the Government to complete its ongoing investigations into
the operation of the facility. He says that it is unfortunate that the affected
organizations act as if they are independent of the nations.
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Ezaga says that the DGF support is not in doubt and has added value to national
development, but this does not mean that questions should not be asked.
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DGF supported NGO Bureau with up to Shillings 1.2 Billion shillings to
facilitate their operations. Asked if he was aware that Finance Minister Matia
Kasaija wrote a letter to the President clarifying on the status of DGF
operations, Ezaga said he was only responding to the NGOs and the statement
He says the NGO Bureau its self receives money from DGF and it is important for
the actors to go slow. Ezaga was quick to allay fears that they are trying to
gag civil societies and NGOs and this is only to ensure that the country is in
check. He asked the affected NGOs to instead write to Government detailing how
the funding has benefitted them.
Asked to comment on the matter, Civil Society Organisations who had a press
conference last week said that they have the right to speak on what affects
them and the Economy. Xavier Ejoyi, the County Director Action Aid, said there
is nothing wrong by saying that the President acted on wrong information. He
asked the NGO Bureau to also write a report probably on behalf of the NGOs
since it supervises their operations.