By Mable Nakibuuka
Several government projects are set to hit a standstill after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the closure of Civil Society Organisation Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), which was the main European Union (EU) donor fund in Uganda.
It should be noted that several countries under the European Union have been channeling funds to finance various projects in Uganda through the DGF, but that will be no more, after president Museveni accused the proprietors of among other things, financing subversive activities in Uganda.
In his letter dated January 02nd, 2021, to the Minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaija, Museveni notes among other things that “the fund operates irregularly, lacks local administration and the foreign mission administering it is financing subversive activities.
He has since ordered its closure until cabinet works out an agreeable oversight role on the Fund that finances projects to the tune of over Shs500Bn annually.
Besides ordering for its closure, President Museveni also ordered the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Intelligence Authority to investigate officials working with and affiliated to Democratic Governance Facility over allegations of corruption, subversion and or criminal negligence.
He contends that allowing in funds backed by Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the European Union is tantamount to surrendering the sovereignty of Uganda as a country.
According to information on their website, the DGF is a multi-donor facility established by eight development partners under an agreement with the GoU: Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the European Union.
As development partners, the DGF shares a vision with the government and the people of Uganda of maintaining a corrupt-free Uganda. Therefore, DGF is committed to contributing to the fight against corruption by supporting CSOs and several state institutions whose mandate is to fight corruption.
The DGF harmonizes development partner support to selected public institutions and civil society organizations to contribute to the promotion of democracy and good governance in Uganda.
However, although the President wasn’t specific in his letter about the actual crimes officials at DGF committed to warrant their closure, our Moles intimate that they were suspected to have heavily bankrolled National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s presidential bid.