Rosebud Given Fairtrade Certification To Sell Ugandan Flowers Abroad

Rosebud, a Ruparelia Group subsidiary growing and selling flowers in Uganda and abroad, has received a boost after being awarded the Fairtrade certification to enable it sell Ugandan flowers to markets all over the world.

The development was recently revealed by Ruparelia Group managing director Rajiv Ruparelia while giving out over 2000 mattresses to farmworkers in the 10 villages surrounding the Rosebud flower farm in Namulanda, Wakiso district.

“We now have International certification meaning Uganda now exports quality flowers to all major markets. We have also attained Fairtrade standards which means we sell at good values which benefits the country and our workforce,” Rajiv Ruparelia explained.

Rajiv says that Rosebud is going to expand and this will increase revenue for the country and create more jobs for Ugandan youth and women.

“The market abroad is very big. Even if we increase the acreage of our farms we will not satisfy the entire market. This means we need to increase productivity using good farm practices that we have used for many years. If you work hard we shall all benefit as a family”, Rajiv said as he called for unity and hard work emphasizing the need to amicably address any disagreements that may arise in the course of executing their work.

“We are a family and trust me your interest is our interest too. We are all in this together to ensure your livelihoods are improved…That you can take your children to school and have a good life. So let’s work hard together to achieve together,” he implored them.

In 2000, Rosebud farmland was only 13 hectares but has now grown to over 60 hectares under greenhouses and employing over 1,500 staff.

Fairtrade certification is a product certification system where social, economic and environmental aspects of production are certified against Fairtrade Standards for Producers and Traders.

The Fairtrade system monitors the buying and the selling of the product until it is consumer packaged and labelled.

BUGOMA FOREST: 20, 000 People Petition Speaker Jacob Oulanyah

The fight to save Bugoma Central Forest Reserve continues to gain momentum, the latest of such efforts being a petition addressed to the speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah signed by over 20, 000 people residing in over 30 villages from the districts of Kikuube and Hoima, home to the threatened forest.

The over 20,000 undersigned signatories are a representation of the concerns of over 50,000 local people including children, women, elderly, youth and others who live in Kikuube and Hoima districts local communities bordering Bugoma forest.

"We appeal to you as the Speaker of Parliament and the entire Parliament to use your oversight powers to immediately stop the ongoing destruction of Bugoma forest. This is important to save the lives of local communities and conserve our natural heritage.

"Bugoma forest is one of the few remaining iconic symbols of our life, the life of our children, and the children of our children and therefore it should be conserved and protected from the ongoing land grabbing and destruction.

"This petition serves to inform you that Bugoma forest, located in Kikuube district, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom is being exterminated by Hoima Sugar Ltd facilitated by commissions and ommissions of several actors including Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), National Forestry Authority (NFA), the Judiciary, the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), the Uganda Police Force (UPF), the National Physical Planning Board, Kikuube district physical planning committee and others.

The petition highlights that because of the illegal activities of Hoima Sugar leading to the destruction of Bugoma forest, the lives of residents are in danger. They also fear that Hoima Sugar which is backed by UPDF will annex their private land.

"Bugoma forest is our main critical biodiversity resource that enables our area to get enough rainfall for agriculture as a source of our food and income, local medicine and other environmental, social and economic values. This is why we are calling upon Parliament to use its oversight powers to protect and conserve Bugoma forest at all costs.

And with this petition, the petitioners want parliament to stop the destruction of Bugoma forest, open boundaries of the forest, investigate corruption in the give away of the forest, suspend all corrupt government officials, and for government to use its powers of land acquisition under article 26 of the constitution to save the forest and its catchment areas from land grabbers.

The petition with a list of the undersigned signatories is also backed by civil society organizations like Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), Water and Environment Media Network (WEMNET), Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), ECOTRUST, Uganda Tourism Association, Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) Association for the Conservation of Bugoma Forest and Tree Talk Plus among many others.

River Rwizi Drying Up

By Gerald Barekye

River Rwizi is located in western Uganda, Ankole, and is considered the largest in the sub-region. It serves many districts including Mbarara, Rwampara, Bushenyi, and Shema among others with water for both animal and crop growing.

Swamps like Nyakafumura, Mushasha, and Kanyabukanja among others serve as water reservoirs or catchments that release water into the river; this keeps the river with the average water volumes to serve dependent communities.

However good the river is serving communities, it’s on the verge of drying up due to human activities done alongside the river banks.

The river has lost 60% of its water catchment due to crop-growing around the river banks. Vegetation around the river has been cleared for farming activities.

The river is being degraded; swamps are being cleared due to human pressure to create farmlands. For example, Nyakafumura which is part of Mushasha Kyeirunga water catchment wetland has been cleared.

Kanyabukanja wetland in Karungu Sub County has also been converted into farmland. The whole papyrus vegetation has been cleared leaving the land bare and exposed to soil erosion agents.

When it rains, the soil is washed directly to the river and this has resulted in silting and water volume reduction. The surrounding areas also dump garbage into the river and this has left river Rwizi endangered.

The water volumes have been reduced due to moisture destruction by human activities. This threatens the surrounding communities with drought in the coming future.

Continuous destruction and improper disposal of garbage in the river puts the surrounding communities and the country at large under threat of water scarcity.

Due to garbage deposited in the river, many diseases like cholera may break out. A lot of environmental destructions have been taking place in Uganda and this puts our country on the verge of losing its green economy.

The recent destruction of the Bugoma forest and many swamps has caused the country to lose its beauty. This needs a serious intervention.

The National Environmental Management Authority should enforce laws and arrest people encroaching on the river banks.

Surrounding communities, leaders at different levels should come out and stop the damages facing River Rwizi to save the country from this environmental degradation threat.

Barekye Gerald - Research Associate at AFIEGO

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Stanbic Bank, Total Uganda, Roofings Launch Drive To Plant 150000 Fruit Trees Through Secondary Schools

Stanbic Bank, Total Uganda and Roofings have today announced a tripartite partnership to support over 250 secondary schools to plant at least150, 000 fruit trees in a bid to redevelop Uganda’s receding forest cover.

Under the tripartite, at least 250 secondary schools will collectively plant 110, 000 fruit trees in their respective school spaces which will ultimately support the children’s nutrition needs while conserving the environment.

Employees of Stanbic Bank Uganda and Total Uganda will also collectively plant 40, 000 fruit trees making a total of 150,000 before the end of the 2021.

According to data from Uganda’s Environment Ministry and National Forestry Authority, the country loses on average, 122,000 ha/year of forest cover, annually.

Since 2020, Stanbic Bank has supported communities to plant over 25000 trees through its annual National Schools Championship (NSC) a programme implemented as part of the bank’s sustainability agenda. The bank is also part of another multi-partner media campaign dubbed “Taasa Obutonde.”

Speaking shortly before signing the tripartite, Anne Juuko, Stanbic Uganda Chief Executive Officer said, “We welcome this partnership with Total Uganda and Roofings, together, we shall more than triple our efforts in this long-term struggle to save our environment.”

Ms. Juuko added that the campaign also aims at contributing towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13 and 15, which, respectively, call for concerted efforts to mitigate climate change and sustainable life on land.

“Strategic Partnerships, as per SDG 17, are vital if we are to realize all the goals before 2030 deadline, we hope that Stanbic’s partnership with Total Uganda and Roofings will inspire many more local corporate partnerships to support Uganda’s Goals’ Agenda,” she added.

Daniel Mayieka, the Managing Director of Total Uganda said, the partnership reinforces the Group’s new climate ambition aimed at getting a net-zero by 2050 together with society, a goal aligned with the organization’s purpose to provide energy that is more reliable, affordable, and clean to as many people as possible.

“Total Uganda Foundation has made forest preservation and restoration a key focus of its work and is supporting projects to preserve and restore forests. We have therefore, decided to strategically partner with Stanbic bank and Roofings limited for this cause and to improve the environment in communities and schools as we drive the tree planting culture in Uganda as well as becoming carbon neutral over time,” Mayieka said.

 

Roofings Group Executive Director Nashila Lalani said the partnership helps reinforce the Group’s re-wilding and Ubuntu efforts that deeply embedded within its Corporate Social Investment programme implemented through the Forever Forestry Initiative.

Nashila Lalani, also added that this partnership gives Roofings an opportunity to tap into the mindsets of the next generations in aligning the country towards sustainable co-existence with nature.

“We are therefore facilitating the Stanbic National Schools Championship program in regreening hundreds of schools which in turn provides environmental stability for the generations that will come after us”, Nashila added.

Why schools

By choosing schools as touch points, the partners believe they will help influence the young generation to engage in activities that are geared towards conserving the environment.

“This campaign strictly focuses on helping schools to plant fruit trees which in future, will not only support the nutrition needs of students but also regreen the school environment; the collective impact of these schools will be notable across the country,” said Juuko.

Majority of the participating schools have ample land where they will plant the allocated fruit trees whileusing the student population to take care of their growth journey into mature forests.

Waninda’s Cancellation Of Judge’s Ruling In Jinja Land Saga Questioned

In an unexpected turn of events, the deputy registrar of Jinja High Court Fred Waninda on 27th August issued a court order canceling the ruling of a senior judge passed earlier last month further raising questions of integrity, corruption, and intrigue among the judicial, political and district leaders of Jinja City who on several occasions are being accused of fueling land wrangles. 

Waninda basing on an application filed by businessman Thummer Jay Mangalal Patel, restrained Tirupati Development Ltd from taking over the contested land as directed by Justice Jeanne Rwakakooko (in the main suit – Tirupate vs Jay Patel) until September 10 when the matter will be up for hearing – what other people have called a trial by the deputy registrar. 

Patel’s application now being steward by Waninda emanates from a ruling by Justice Jeanne Rwakakooko. On August 16, Justice Rwakakooko, directed the cancellation of the land title issued to businessman Thummar Jay Maganlal Patel in regard to land comprised at Plot 24 Kyabazinga Way, in Jinja City. The contested land by had been subleased to Tirupati by Jinja Municipal Council for 18 years in 2006 who had leased it from Jinja district land board in 2001 for 25 years. 

But in 2008 Jinja district land board took back the land away from Jinja Municipal (and the sublease Tirupati) and gave it to Thummar Jay Maganlal Patel in a manner that Justice Rwakakooko described as fraudulent. After court proceeding, Rwakakooko in her ruling determined that Patel fraudulently acquired the disputed land and ordered that Tirupati be given their sublease and Jinja Municipal Council be reinstated as the owners of the main lease. 

Rwakakooko also determined that the land board's re-entry that gave Patel ownership of the suit land was not proper and that the said meeting minutes offering the freehold to Patel was inserted fraudulently. She said that Patel failed to explain to satisfaction of the court how he came to be offered this land. The judge ruled that the suit land belongs to Tirupati as a sub-lease and that Patel's freehold title was fraudulently and illegally obtained. 

Thummar Jay Maganlal Patel is being accused os stealing Tirupati Development (U) Limited in Jinja City

With this clear ruling, it has puzzled many in Jinja how Waninda came to cancel the ruling even without Patel going to an appellant court. To many, this was one way of Patel using his clout in Jinja to have his way. Unfazed, Tirupati wrote to the Principal Judge, Dr Flavian Zeija opposing that Waninda’s orders were issued irregularly and in abuse of the court process. 

“We write and make reference to the attached court order of the deputy registrar of the High Court of Jinja, which we believe to be repugnant in law,”  Tirupati  states through its lawyers, according to a report by Daily Monitor. When the newspaper contacted him, Waninda refused to comment referring the report to case file in court. 

The Tirupati v Patel case has been marred by corruption accusation during the court hearing.  The LC1 chairman of Nalufenya B Village, Nicholas Elwangu, appearing before court in Jinja testified that Patel dubiously acquired the land situated on plot 24 Kyabazinga Way and that it rightly belongs to Tirupati.

During court cross examination, former Jinja District Land Board Chairperson, Innocent Ndiko argued that the whole processes by which Jay Patel snatched Tirupati’s land were “littered with irregularities and illegalities”.

In 2019, the commission of inquiry into land matters heard that Jinja Land board superintended over the fraudulent acquisition of the land by Patel. URN reported that Aisha Kabira Kalikumutima, the Senior Land Registrar in Jinja district told the Commission that Jinja district land office was under intense pressure to process the freehold title (for Jay Patel) in complete disregard of the running lease.

  

East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline Harmful

By Gerald Barekye

The EACOP, also known as Uganda -Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline, is under construction to transport crude oil from Uganda to the port of Tanga, Tanzania, on the Indian Ocean.

The 1443km pipeline will start from Kabaale Parish in Hoima district in western Uganda to Chongoleani, Tanga in Tanzania.

This pipeline is passing through 10 districts in Uganda that include Sembabule, Rakai, Kyankwazi, Lwengo, Mubende, Kakumiro, Kikuube,, Gomba, Kyotera and Hoima.

The laying of the pipeline will involve the destruction of the environment through the clearing of forests, swamps, and the physical displacement of communities from their ancestral land. This will lead to loss of income and distortion of livelihood of affected families.

The pipeline has/will pollute the water sources which are used by communities and promote unacceptable human rights violations,s especially to women and children.

The pipeline passes through significant habitats for wildlife including elephants, chimpanzees, and many other species leading to the extinction of such biodiversity.

Currently, the affected people are facing challenges that include government failure to fulfill its commitments in resettling affected families, failure to pay fair and adequate compensations in conformity with national legislation, failure to provide social services to affected families like schools, health care, and failure to put in place reinstallation programs for affected people.

The government has also failed to care for the elderly who are being chased out of the land demarcated for pipeline passage. Failure to monitor the impact of the pipeline on the communities has also left many suffering and being chased away from their land.

The government of Uganda through the National Environmental Management Authority should take climate change concern as a priority and put more emphasis on environmental conservation.

If the process continues, the country’s biodiversity will be destroyed, animals will die, trees cut, and water sources polluted; sooner or later the country will have to recognize the earth has a right to live without pollution.

Mankind must know that human beings cannot live without mother earth but planet Earth can live without humans.

Barekye Gerald, Research Associate at AFIEGO

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Save Bugoma Forest Campaigners Want NEMA Officials Held Responsible For Death Of Elephant

The Save Bugoma Forest Campaign SBFC), a coalition of civil society and private sector actors, wants the current and former National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) officials whose actions have caused biodiversity and social crises in the country due to the destruction of Bugoma forest to be investigated by parliament and if found culpable, be penalized.

In a press release released on 1st September 2021, the SBFC said their call for parliament's intervention is being made following the death of a forest elephant that was found in Bugoma forest on August 28, 2021. 

The cause of the elephant’s death is being investigated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the National Forestry Authority (NFA) but SBFC believes that the environmental and social crises occasioned by NEMA’s reckless and illegal actions as regards Bugoma forest cannot be denied.

“Elephants are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN]. Every effort must therefore be made to conserve and protect them. In Uganda, UWA is working hard to protect elephants and put in place the 2016 to 2026 Elephant conservation action plan for Uganda,” Mr. Dickens Kamugisha, the chairperson of the SBFC, says.

He adds, “Unfortunately, NEMA is actively working against UWA’s efforts to conserve biodiversity. Well knowing that the elephant population in Uganda is low, and that Bugoma forest is part of the Murchison-Semliki conservation area that has over 49 species of concern such as elephants, chimpanzees, Nahan’s Francolin and others, NEMA allowed Hoima Sugar to destroy 8,000 hectares of Bugoma forest.

This endangered biodiversity and we see elephants dying today. Communities have also reported increased conflicts between communities and chimpanzees since the destruction of the Bugoma forest by Hoima Sugar Ltd commenced. This has not only endangered community food security but the chimpanzees as well. NEMA must be held responsible for causing such a crisis.”

According to UWA, Uganda has a population of 5,564 elephants, up from 2,000 in the 1980s. Efforts by UWA have increased the elephant population. The majority of the elephants are found in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks.

Forest elephants are found in Kibaale National Park as well as Budogo and Bugoma forests. Before 2016 however, it was not known that forest elephants existed in Bugoma forest. It is therefore unfortunate that shortly after the discovery of the elephants’ existence; NEMA allowed one of their key habitats to be destroyed.

“Well knowing the conservation importance of Bugoma forest, UWA and NFA objected to Bugoma forest being given away for sugarcane growing. Their objections were made in the comments that the entities submitted to NEMA before the authority approved Hoima Sugar Ltd’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report and issued the company with a certificate of approval to destroy Bugoma forest. NEMA ignored UWA and NFA’s protestations. Today, we see elephants dying,” Mr. Bashir Twesigye, a lawyer and member of the SBFC, says.

He adds, “NEMA violated environmental laws prior to issuing Hoima Sugar with the ESIA certificate of approval in August 2020. Despite the destruction of Bugoma being a controversial issue requiring public hearings per environmental laws, NEMA hid behind excuses such as COVID-19 and avoided organising public hearings. If public hearings had been held per Regulation 21 of the 1998 Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] regulations, Ugandans would have told NEMA to boot Hoima Sugar’s sugarcane project and save Bugoma forest”.

Ms. Janepher Baitwamasa of the SBFC Bunyoro taskforce adds, “The ESIA that NEMA used to approve the sugarcane growing project in Bugoma forest is no good. Social conflicts between communities and Hoima Sugar have arisen as communities accuse the company of grabbing their land. Consequently, in August 2021, the Kikuube district security committee stopped Hoima Sugar Ltd’s activities for two weeks.

Moreover, a land bonanza in which rogue community leaders are illicitly selling some remaining parts of Bugoma forest land at three hundred thousand shillings [UGX 300,000/] has arisen. There have also been reports of the rights of Hoima Sugar Ltd workers being abused. The labourers work without safety gear and operate in deplorable conditions. The ESIA report that NEMA approved was shallow and did not address these challenges.”

Ms. Adah Mbabazi, a leader of the SBFC community taskforce says, “The people who allowed Hoima Sugar in our area have created for us big problems. Women used to access herbs and firewood from the forest but they can no longer to do so. Hoima Sugar Ltd’s security, which includes UPDF, stops them. Elderly women are also being raped by unknown people from the areas surrounding Hoima Sugar’s operations. We are worse off since this project was approved and its absurd that NEMA approved the project without consulting us the leaders and our local people. They also ignored the views of our district leaders.”

 

Kikuube District Forms Environment & Natural Resources Committee To Monitor Compliance

By George Busiinge

Kikuube district local government has formed the district environment and natural resources committee to monitor and enforce compliance as provided by the 2019 environment act.

Since February 2019 when the president assented to the act, several districts have failed to form the District environment and natural resources committee as required by law.

Peter Banura Araali, the Kikuube district LC V chairman says that the committee has been formed at a time when the district is faced with several environmental challenges including deforestation and encroachment of natural resources such as wetlands and game reserves.

Banura, while speaking during training organised by Bunyoro Albertine Network on Petroleum And Environmental Conservation (BAPENECO) at the district headquarters, said that Kikuube being an oil district with Kingfisher oil field and hosting the Kabaale international airport needs to jealously guard its environment to prevent environmental catastrophes.

Pauline Nambi, the Kikuube district natural resources officer says that it has been very difficult for the department of natural resources to monitor and enforce compliance but with the formation of the committee work will be done properly.

Julius Ssenyonjo an environmentalist says that several districts in the country have not adopted the new law because of lack of finances and awareness.

Ssenyonjo appeals to members of parliament to ensure that these committees are funded because the law requires them to provide funds for the implementation.

The 2019 environment act requires that every district shall establish a district environment and natural resources committee, which shall comprise 12 members such as the District Chairperson, the Members of Parliament from the district, the Resident District Commissioners, the Secretary for environment, the district natural resources officer; who shall be the secretary, the Chief Administrative Officer and the district engineer among others.

Functions of the district environment and natural resources committee include; coordinating the activities of the urban or district council relating to the management of the environment and natural resources, preparing district environment action plans, to ensure that environmental concerns are integrated into all plans and projects approved by the urban or district council, to prepare the district state of the environment report and to assist in the formulation and enforcement of ordinances and bylaws relating to the management of the environment.

 Other functions are to monitor all activities within its local jurisdiction to ensure that such activities do not have any significant impact on the environment, to promote the dissemination of information about the environment, to coordinate with the Authority on all issues relating to the management of the environment, to coordinate the activities of environment and natural resources committees in the management of the environment and to carry out such other functions as may be prescribed by the urban or district council.

Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat Gets New Executive Director From Tanzania

The new executive director of Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat Eng. Sylvester Anthony Matemu has this week in Entebbe, Uganda, officially began his two-year term of office.

In a press release, NBI Secretariat, said Eng. Matemu, a Tanzanian, brings to the NBI Secretariat an extensive record in the public sector, which covers a period of 38 years.

He has vast experience in international and national transboundary water management including water law. Eng. Matemu replaces Professor Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla, from The Sudan.

In his inaugural remarks as Executive Director, Eng. Matemu emphasised that the Secretariat, together with its Development Partners and friends, “need to work hard and diligently in order to meet the expectations of the people of the eleven countries.”

The handover event was witnessed by Dr. Florence Adongo, the Director of the Directorate of Water Resources Management at the Ministry of Water and Environment (Uganda) in her capacity as the Nile Technical Advisory Committee (Nile-TAC) member for Uganda, which is the host country of the NBI Secretariat.

Dr. Adongo highlighted that the term of office for the Executive Director of the NBI Secretariat is for two years and is on a rotational basis upon nomination by Nile Basin Member States.

She expressed her gratitude to Professor Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla noting his significant contribution to the growth of the institution, “despite the challenges of COVID-19 that plagued his term.”

Professor Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla, on his part, expressed gratitude to the member states of NBI and their continued commitment to the cooperation.

Dr. Malte Grossmann, the Head of Projects at GIZ, which provides support to transboundary cooperation in the Nile Basin and representing NBI Development Partners, thanked Professor Seif for his leadership at NBI and congratulated Eng. Matemu upon his new role.

He pledged continued support for NBI’s program work in enhancing cooperation on the Nile.

The handover ceremony was marked by Eng. Matemu and Professor Abdalla signing a handover report.

NGOs Protest NGO Bureau Suspension Of Their Operations

Affected Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have angrily reacted to the suspension of their operations by the ministry of internal affairs through the National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO Bureau) on Friday.

The executive director of NGO Bureau, Okello Stephen, while addressing a press conference at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala announced they had suspended the operations of 54 NGOs for alleged non-compliant with the NGO Act 2016.

Of the 54 NGOs that were suspended, the bureau said 23 NGOs were operating with expired permits contrary to section 31 (1) and 32(1) of the NGO Act 2016.

15 NGOs had failed to file annual returns and audited books of accounts to the NGO Bureau contrary to section 39(2) and (3) of the NGO Act 2016 and have other non-compliance issues while 16 NGOs are operating without registering with the NGO Bureau contrary to section 29 (1 ), 31 (1) and 31 (2).

But some of the affected NGOs are irked and are alleging that the government targeted those NGOs working on promoting and protecting human rights and the environment in the country.

Godber Tumushabe, the associate director of Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS) upon receiving the letter from the NGO Bureau tweeted that the Bureau is being used by the government to frustrate civil society organizations in the country.

"We maintain [that] the Bureau is [being] used once again to perpetuate political and administrative harassment of our organization. We will be seeking clarity from URSB [Uganda Registration Services Bureau],” Tumushabe tweeted.

The operations of GLISS were halted for operating without registering with the NGO Bureau.

Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) whose operations were halted for operating with expired NGO permits led other 23 NGOs to issue a protest statement in which it revealed that it has resolved to file a court case against the Attorney General (Ugandan government) to stop the intimidation and delegitimization of CSOs.

“AFIEGO and its partners have been targeted because they play key human as well as environmental rights protection roles in the oil and gas sector. The organizations also hold government accountable with neither fear nor favour,” AFIEGO said in a statement.

Adding: “Several of the other organizations whose operations have been halted or indefinitely suspended also play key accountability roles in the human rights and civic education spheres.

For many years now, the government has targeted these and other CSOs with threats of deregistration, freezing of their bank accounts, arrests, office raids, and others,”

Despite the atmosphere of intimidation in which the CSOs operate, AFIEGO vowed to continue playing its role because it is integral in protecting all Ugandans and our environmental resources.

It called on the public to work with CSOs to engage the government and use all the available legal options to end the intimidation of CSOs and the hostile civic space in which CSOs operate.

The Environment Governance Institute (EGI) Uganda, one of the affected organizations suspended for not being registered with the Bureau, in a statement noted that the latest suspension has come 'at a time when the government has since January suspended the operations of Uganda’s Biggest donor the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) which has been supporting over 100 organizations promoting human rights, democracy, and environmental conservation in the country.'

"EGI calls on the NGO bureau to stop curtailing the operations of NGOs and acting as an agent focusing on shrinking the operational space as these organizations that play a key role in the development of the country," EGI said.

The European Union in Uganda in solidarity with the suspended NGOs said civil society is a key partner making vital contributions to Uganda’s development. We look forward to the resolution of any issues with registration of organizations so that this important work can continue in the spirit of a genuine partnership based on mutual accountability." it said in a Tweet on Friday.

FULL LIST OF SUSPENDED NGOS

In the exercise of its mandate the NGO Bureau has with IMMEDIATE EFFECT;

 Halted the operations of the following NGOs operating with expired NGO permits;

  1. Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)
  2. Western Ankole Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)
  3. Citizens' Concerns Africa
  4. Elohim Power Transforming Africa
  5. Orone Foundation
  6. Light Concepts
  7. Public Policy Institute
  8. Otubet Youth United Development Organization
  9. Support Girl Child Uganda
  10. Saints Preparation Ministries
  11. Adoration Ministries
  12. 12.Islamic Da-awah and Orphanage Foundation
  13. Jesus Shines Youth Ministries International
  14. 14.La Borne Missionary Centre Uganda
  15. Wanyange Child Support Foundation
  16. 16.St. Francis Foundation for the Poor
  17. Ray of Hope International Uganda
  18. Mindset Change Development Organisation
  19. Liberty International Foundation
  20. Foundation for Women Empowerment for Sickler Aid
  21. Karambi Action for Life Improvement
  22. Tech Plus Love Foundation
  23. Centre for Justice Studies and Innovations

 Indefinitely suspended the following NGOs that have consistently failed to file annual returns and audited books of accounts and have other non[1]compliance issues.

  1. Chapter Four Uganda 2016- 2020
  2. Citizens' Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) 2019-2020
  3. Femrite Uganda Women Writers' Association 2017- 2020
  4. African Humanitarian Action 2017 - 2020
  5. Safe Places Uganda Foundation (SPU) 2017- 2020
  6. Citizens Platform for Democracy and Accountability 2017- 2020
  7. Growth Networks Uganda 2017- 2020
  8. Pallisa Civil Society Organisation Networks 2017- 2020
  9. Citizens Election Watch-IT (CEW-I1) 2017, 2019, 2020
  10. Youth Line Forum Uganda 2017- 2020
  11. Arise Africa International 2018-2020
  12. 12.Dotwa Africa 2018-2020
  13. 13.Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence 2018-2020
  14. Centre for Conflict Resolution 2019 - 2020
  15. Youth Equality Centre 2019-2020

 Halted the activities ofNGOs operating without registering with the NGO Bureau.

  1. Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS)
  2. Rural Action Community Based Organization
  3. Uganda Help Florida
  4. Centre for Sustainability Innovation and Research
  5. Environmental Governance Institute Uganda
  6. Graffen Organization, Butimba Uganda
  7. Kwataniza Women's Organization
  8. Twimukye Women's Organization
  9. Witness Radio Uganda
  10. Youth for Green Communities
  11. 11 . Self-worth Initiative
  12. VZW Eight
  13. 13.Adepr Pentecostal International Church Uganda Ltd
  14. 14.Innovations for Democratic Engagement and Action (IDEA)
  15. Network for Active Citizens
  16. Leadership Square Africa
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