FIA asks Equity bank source of funding for 13 NGOs

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The Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) is quietly investigating 13 non-governmental organisations to establish their source of their funding.

This was revealed by an August 8 letter by FIA executive director Sydney Asubo to the Managing Director of Equity Bank.

The letter asks the ban for the account details of 13 NGOs, namely; Action Aid International Uganda, Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda, Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring, Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, National Non-Governmental Organisation Forum, Human Rights Network Uganda, National Democratic Institute, Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Democratic Governance Facility, Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, and the African Institute for Energy Governance.

FIA directs Equity bank to “search your databases and avail us account opening documents, bank statements for the last three years and any other information available to you linked to each of the above-listed entities for further review.”

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The order for the NGO bank details comes at a time when the government has called for the registration and verifications of all NGOs in the country. 

Last week, Internal Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo, said with effect from 31st July 2019, the National NGO register indicated that there were 14,207 registered NGOs.

Only 3,810 of them had had valid permits, while 10,397 had expired permits.

Godber Tumushabe, the associate director of Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies said: “The guys at FIA May be probably don’t know what’s going on. They have to start with the contraband imported by Bank of Uganda before they begin to look serious”.

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