Civil societies react to President Museveni directs suspension of Uganda’s biggest NGO donor, Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).
Civil societies have come out openly and criticized a move made by the government in which President Museveni ordered the minister of finance with immediate effect to hold the funds of Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).
Yesterday civil society groups described the move made by the government as shooting its self in the leg and this move will cost the government.
Political observer and human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo argues that this move will cost government since hundreds of people benefit from activities of civil societies both directly and indirectly.
“Hundreds of people benefit directly and indirectly from the development assistance of these development partners. Many of these development partners in fact outside the DGF are funding development projects in Uganda. The European Union is funding roads in this country and why do they not have a problem with the European Union building roads and have a problem if this money is invested in civil society” Nicholas said.
Opio urges that this has nothing to do with what Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) might have done but rather a continuation of political lenses of which government entities view people who have large funds.
“The intelligence service of this country is not intelligent because if the intelligence service was intelligent if they were processing information and not using rumor meals they would have seen that government departments are beneficiary of these generosities of these donors,” Opio added.
There over 50 government programs that have been funded by DGF including accountability parliament committees, human rights commission, local governments and others indirectly funded through the civil societies.
Margret Sekagya one of the founders of Democratic Governance Facility and also a former chairperson of the human rights commission says the government does not know DGF activities in the country.
“The current phase of DGF like the predecessor support program was negotiated between the government of Uganda represented by the office of the prime minister and the minister of finance, planning and economic development. The support was given green light by the prime minister and leader of government business. And was signed off by Uganda’s secretary to treasury we therefore find it disturbing that the president showed ignorance of such an important partnership,” Sekagya said.
Geoffrey Mushabe a political commentator says the crippling down of DGF is a move made by the government to divert the attention of the public from the election fraud that happened.
“DGF is for me a diversion from the election fraud that we have just experienced and Ugandans need to be aware and to be able to read through,” Geoffrey said.