KAMPALA – The government has announced that only 2,119 of the registered 14,027 NGOs have been authorized to operate in Uganda following a validation exercise that started in November 2018 and ended in October 2019.
Addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday, State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania said the validated NGOs were given permits by the National Bureau of NGOs, meaning that 11,908 NGOs are not allowed to operate and should close.
“All NGOs which do not appear on the validated register should not operate and must close immediately. All stakeholders especially police, hotels, Financial Intelligence among others should cross-check the status of any NGO with the register on our bureau to ensure that such organisations do not transact business anywhere in the country,” he said.
“From August 8 to September 7, all registered NGOs with valid permits were subjected to validation. This exercise was slated to contribute immensely to weeding out inactive and unauthorised organisations and those with unscrupulous and unclear operations,” he added.
He said whereas many international NGOs responded quickly to the call for validation, indigenous ones relaxed expecting an extension of the deadline for the exercise, which did not happen.