June 22, 2021


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Uganda suspends operations of 6 NGOs over fraud

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

Uganda suspends operations of six Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) over alleged fraud, top government official says.

A top government official on Tuesday said Uganda had suspended the operations of six Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) over alleged fraud.

Stephen Okello, executive director of National Bureau for NGOs, told reporters that some of the organisations were involved in the forgery of documents authorising them to operate.

He added that the NGIOs defrauded their funders and individuals engaged in electronic fraud.

“The NGO board has noted with great concern the increasing fraudulent practices involving some NGOs and members of the general public.

“There are some unscrupulous individuals taking the advantage of the NGO sector to defraud their stakeholders.

“The NGO bureau, out of its investigations, has caused some arrests and taken action against some of the affected NGOs,” said Okello.

Okello said the bureau had revoked the permit and certificate of Comforter of the Afflicted Formation Home, Agape Sanctuary Ministries International and Christ Alive Glorious Ministries International over alleged defrauding, extortion and diversion of funds.

He added that the operations of Equal Opportunities for Women and Children in Uganda, Dankind Academy and Global Health Community Empowerment had been suspended over alleged forgery of documents, defrauding their stakeholders and electronic fraud.

Okello said the NGO bureau was carrying out investigations into a number of fraud related cases involving some NGOs in the country.

“We warn the general public and key stakeholders that in their dealing with some NGOs they should always be more vigilant and carry out due diligence as they transact.

“We caution the NGO sector to be more transparent and accountable, to avoid fraudulent practice since it tarnishes their credibility, image and reputation of the sector as a whole,” said Okello.

Uganda suspended the operations of 208 humanitarian agencies over violations of rules governing refugees in the country in September 2020. (Xinhua/NAN)

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