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Olive: The Closure of NGOs was Political

Olive, The Fatboy Show Presenter on RX Radio has described the closure of 54 Non-Governmental Organisations as a political move by the Government, intended to disrupt and cripple the activities of civil society groups.

This comes after the government suspended activities of over 54 NGOs on Friday 20th August, a closure that commenced with ‘immediate effect’. According to the National Bureau of NGOs, the groups had been operating illegally with expired permits, non-compliance to filing accounts and their failure to register with authorities.

Olive, who dismissed the claims, said that these were just mere justifications to suppress the organisations since many of them had taken part in election monitoring and were being supported by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) whose operations in the country were banned.

“Executive Director of Chapter Four, Nicholas Opiyo, shared screenshots of some of the documentation they had filed on 11th January this year on social media.They were even stamped and the receipts were all well captured and received by the Bureau. So for them to come out to claim that these people were operating on expired licenses is a mere fraud,” Olive protested.

She added that closure of these organisations without any prior warning was the prime indication of how politically driven the shutdown was.

“This order came out and was supposed to be enforced immediately! They weren't even given a grace period to sort and organize themselves. Even when the Bank of Uganda is auditing a bank, they'll find exceptions and give them time and so does the Uganda Revenue Authority. But coming out and withholding the operations of NGOs immediately, tell me something more political than that!” she exclaimed.

The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy and Olive Najjuma every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.

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