‘Charities funding rebellions’
Publish Date: Jul 09, 2008
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By Conan Businge

Intelligence reports have shown that some charities in Uganda fund rebels, internal affairs state minister Matia Kasaija said yesterday.

“This is very dangerous. We have enough evidence on this.
We shall hit them hard. No one challenges the security of our country and is left unchallenged,” the minister warned.

He, however, did not name the NGOs.

Kasaija, who represented Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, was closing the Fourth International NGO Accountability conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

He urged the charities to account for the funds they got from donors because “this helps us eliminate bad elements and avoid double allocation of resources.”

Accountability, Kasaija noted, increases credibility and legitimacy.
He added that the Government was committed to the growth of the civil society in the country.

Kasaija was made the remarks after receiving a petition from the participants from 12 countries
They urged the ministry to speed up the adoption of the draft NGO policy.

They also asked the Government to involve the civil society in legislation.

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