Ugandan Government Suspends Activities of 54 NGOs

The Ugandan government has ordered the immediate suspension of 54 NGOs in a move seen as a move to tighten its grip on civil society.

The 54 associations, which cuts across political, societal, religious and environmental fields, are accused of non-compliance with the law.

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According to a statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the NGOs were either operating without formal registration, with expired permits or repeatedly failed to submit their annual reports and accounts.

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Some of the organisations affected by the directive of the Ugandan government were election observers during the disputed presidential polls in January.

The election saw President Yoweri Museveni re-elected for a sixth term after a violent campaign marked by the harassment and arrest of opposition figures, including main opposition leader and member of parliament, Bobi Wine.

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