Government has indefinitely suspended the operations of 54 Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) including the widely known Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy Uganda (CCEDU)-which has been at the forefront of campaigning for fair and free elections at all levels of governance  and  Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo’s  Chapter Four Uganda – a largely human rights ngo -watchdog .

The National Bureau for NGO,  headed by the Executive Director , Mr. Stephen Okello and with the  mandated to register, regulate, monitor, inspect, coordinate and oversee all NGO operations in the country, announced that it was revoking the licences of the powerful NGOs  for allegedly failing to  comply with the laid down laws and regulations for NGOs in Uganda .  Already some of the abolished NGOs were under suspension and investigations by various government security agencies .

“As a result of monitoring and investigation functions the NGO Bureau has found that 54 NGOs are non-compliant with the NGO Act 2016,” said in part a statement issued by the Bureau.

The NGO Bureau said it has established that 23 NGOs are operating with expired permits, 15 NGOs have failed to file annual returns and audited books of accounts while 16 NGOs are operating without registering with the NGO Bureau.

The affected NGOs
The NGO Bureau has with the immediate effect halted the operations of these 23 NGOs for operating with expired permits;

Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)
Westem Ankole Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)
Citizens’ Concerns Africa
Elohim Power Transforming Africa
Orone Foundation
Light Concepts
7, Public Policy Institute
Otubet Youth United Development Organization
Support Girl Child Uganda
Saints Preparation Ministries
Adoradon Ministries
Islamic Da-awah and Orphanage Foundation
13.Jesus Shines Youth Ministries International

La Bome Missionary Centre Uganda
Wanyange Child Support Foundation
St. Francis Foundation for the Poor
Ray of Hope International Uganda
Mindset Change Development Organization
Liberty International Foundation
Foundation for Women Empowerment for Sickler Aid
Karambi Action for Life Improvement
Tech Plus Love Foundation
Centre for Justice Studies and Innovations

The NGOs that have allegedly failed to file annual returns and audited books of accounts include;

Chapter Four Uganda 2016- 2020
Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) 2019-2020
Femrite Uganda Women Writers’ Association 2017- 2020
African Humanitarian Action 2017 – 2020
Safe Places Uganda Foundation (SPU) 2017- 2020
Citizens Platform for Democracy and Accountability 2017- 2020
Growth Networks Uganda 2017- 2020
Pallisa Civil Society Organisation Networks 2017- 2020
Citizens Election Watch-IT (CEw-1R1) 2017, 2019, 2020
Youth Line Forum Uganda 2017-2020
Arise Africa International 2018-2020
Dotwa Africa 2018-2020
Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence 2018-2020
Centre for Conflict Resolution 2019 – 2020
Youth Equality Centre 2019-2020
And the activities of 16 NGOs halted for operating without registering with the NGO Bureau are;

Great Lakes Insdtute for Strategic Studies (GLISS)
Rural Acdon Community Based Organizadon
Uganda Help Florida
Centre for Sustainability Innovation and Research
Environmental Govemance Institute Uganda
Graffen Organizadon, Buümba Uganda
Kwataniza Women’s Organization
Twimukye Women’s Organizadon
Witness Radio Uganda
Youth for Green Communides
Self-worth Inidative
VZW Eight
Adept Pentecostal International Church Uganda Ltd
Innovations for Democratic Engagement and Acdon (IDEA)
Network for Active Citizens
Leadership Square Afric

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