Various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country have come together to ask President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to lift his earlier directive under which he suspended the activities of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) over what he referred to as “financing subversive activities.”
Addressing journalists in Kampala, leaders of various CSOs said that it was unfair for the President to suspend the operations of the multi donor basket fund without carrying out thorough investigations about the facility.
Dr Margaret Sekajja, former Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) who has also worked with this fund for more than ten years, revealed that it’s not true that the fund operated illegally since all its operations were clearly known by the Government.
“While still at UHRC, a government Agency, it was this fund under the names of DANIDA that supported us in obtaining offices as well as digitalizing the operations of the Commission which eased the day to day operations,” Sekajja said.
She pointed out that before commencing operations, the Prime Minister of Uganda was the first to clear the Facility’s activities and later the Secretary for the Treasury also gave it a go ahead.
“If after all that process the cabinet contends that they were not aware of its activities, then it raises a number of questions,” she noted.
Moses Isooba, the Executive Director of NGO Forum said that it’s unfortunate that the said European Donors who the president accuses of funding subversive activities are providing funding to the Government through bi-material development assistance to fund a wide range of government programs and infrastructure projects.
“At a press conference last night, Mr. Museveni announced the good news regarding the planned importation of 18 million doses of COVID vaccine which is to be funded through the COVAX initiative. The President deserves to be reminded that development partners supporting our country’s Democratic work are the same partners putting money in these other global initiatives,” Isooba said.
In Uganda, over 95 NGOs in Uganda have been the beneficiaries of the Democratic Governance Facility and there is fear that many Ugandans may lose jobs after the closure of these entities due lack of funds.