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Jinja RDC accuses NGOs of fraud

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th June 2007 03:00 AM

THE Jinja resident district commissioner, Mugisha Muhwezi, has decried the increasing number of fraudsters in the district. He explained that most of the suspects were operating briefcase non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to secure jobs for people, after which they cheat them of their money.

By Esther Mukyala

THE Jinja resident district commissioner, Mugisha Muhwezi, has decried the increasing number of fraudsters in the district. He explained that most of the suspects were operating briefcase non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to secure jobs for people, after which they cheat them of their money.

This follows an incident in which he halted the activities of an NGO, Care Association Development Uganda, that had registered over 83 people, promising to secure jobs for them in Canada.

The association secretary general, Gideon Waiswa, admitted he registered the job seekers to travel to Canada and work for a lady whom he had communicated with via e-mail.

The purported jobs were in the fields of administration, entertainment, medicine, electronics, computer technology, shop attending, house keeping, and photography.

The victims were required to pay a commitment fee of sh350,000, sh50,000 for registration and sh80,000 for a passport.

Muhwezi criticised the proprietors of the NGO for engaging in the business of exporting labour.

“Your organisation registered as an NGO and not a profit-making body but you are doing business for registered companies and you are, therefore, liable to pay taxes to the Uganda Revenue Authority.

“You have defrauded people and so you have a case to answer because you obtained money through false pretence.”

Muhwezi directed the proprietors to refund the money to the owners.

The association officials and the victims were paraded to journalists and the district security officers on Thursday.

The suspects made statements at the Police offices and were released on bond.

Jinja RDC accuses NGOs of fraud

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