Uganda suspends 54 NGOs including prominent rights group

Friday August 20 2021
Chapter Four Executive Director Nicholas Opiyo.

Chapter Four executive director Nicholas Uganda (middle) speaks to security operatives. The Ugandan government has suspended 54 NGOs including his. Photo | File

By AFP

The Ugandan government announced on Friday it had halted the activities of 54 non-governmental organisations, a major escalation of its efforts to tighten control over civil society.

One of the groups affected is the country's most prominent rights organisation, Chapter Four. The National Bureau for NGOs, part of the ministry of internal affairs, said in a statement the shutdown was ordered "with immediate effect".

It said the decision was made because the groups had failed to comply with legislation covering their activities, including operating with expired permits, failing to file accounts or failing to register with the authorities.

Some of the organisations ordered to close had taken part in an election monitoring operation on polling day in January which was raided by security forces and several of their leaders arrested.

The election saw President Yoweri Museveni returned for a sixth term in office after a violent campaign marked by the harassment and arrest of opposition figures, attacks on the media and the deaths of several dozen people.

Chapter Four executive director Nicholas Opiyo confirmed his group had received the government's order to close and described the situation as "serious".

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List of suspended NGOs

1. Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)

2. Western Ankole Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)

3. Citizens' Concerns Africa

4. Elohim Power Transforming Africa

5. Orone Foundation

6. Light Concepts

7. Public Policy Institute

8. Otubet Youth United Development Organization

9. Support Girl Child Uganda

10. Saints Preparation Ministries

11. Adoration Ministries

12.Islamic Da-awah and Orphanage Foundation

13. Jesus Shines Youth Ministries International

14.La Borne Missionary Centre Uganda

15. Wanyange Child Support Foundation

16.St. Francis Foundation for the Poor

17. Ray of Hope International Uganda

18. Mindset Change Development Organisation

19. Liberty International Foundation

20. Foundation for Women Empowerment for Sickler Aid

21. Karambi Action for Life Improvement

22. Tech Plus Love Foundation

23. Centre for Justice Studies and Innovations

24. Chapter Four Uganda 2016- 2020

25. Citizens' Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) 2019-

2020

26. Femrite Uganda Women Writers' Association 2017- 2020

27. African Humanitarian Action 2017 - 2020

28. Safe Places Uganda Foundation (SPU) 2017- 2020

29. Citizens Platform for Democracy and Accountability 2017- 2020

30. Growth Networks Uganda 2017- 2020

31. Pallisa Civil Society Organisation Networks 2017- 2020

32. Citizens Election Watch-IT (CEW-I1) 2017, 2019, 2020 10. Youth Line Forum Uganda 2017- 2020

33. Arise Africa International 2018-2020

34. Dotwa Africa 2018-2020

35. Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence 2018-2020

36. Centre for Conflict Resolution 2019 - 2020

37. Youth Equality Centre 2019-2020

38. Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS)

39. Rural Action Community Based Organization

40. Uganda Help Florida

41. Centre for Sustainability Innovation and Research

42. Environmental Governance Institute Uganda

43. Graffen Organization, Butimba Uganda

44. Kwataniza Women's Organization

45. Twimukye Women's Organization

46. Witness Radio Uganda

47. Youth for Green Communities

48. Self-worth Initiative

49 VZW Eight

50. Adepr Pentecostal International Church Uganda Ltd

51. Innovations for Democratic Engagement and Action (IDEA)

52. Network for Active Citizens

53. Leadership Square Africa