The UN human rights rapporteur to Uganda, Magaret Sekajja has asked the president to seek for facts on the operations of DGF in the country before taking drastic decisions which in the long run will cost the country and the citizens.
In a letter sent to the finance minister, Museveni directed for the closure of DGF operations in the country, a directive which alarmed the whole country and development partners.
Sekajja further revealed that the over 10 years of DGF operation in Uganda, the country has benefited enormously from its support extended to both state and non-state actors. And the premature halting of its operations in the country are very much alarming. Said Sekajja.
The executive director for the great lakes governance institute (GLIS) Godber Tomushabe attributes the ongoing closure of DGF by the president to a ploy by the state to divert Uganda from the protestations of the just concluded elections.
Godber among other civil society directors challenge the state to accept giving proper accountability to citizens than resorting to diverting them away from demanding for their civic rights.
He further urges Ugandans to strongly demand for their civic rights than allowing them to be kept in the dark by the state.
Yesterday parliament also debated the presidential decision to halt DGF operations in the country and they strongly cautioned the president against taking this direction and called for a reversal in the decision.
Henry Mujuzi the national coordinator for the Alliance for finance monitoring warns that the country risks running into a financial problem especially in the budget funding aspect incase DGF pulls out.
If DGF operations are halted in the country, over 95 NGOs and 15 govt departments and agencies are likely to be affected directly and over 10,000 jobs are likely to be lost.
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