Uganda government has opened probes on a number of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for suspected sponsoring protests and police violence in Uganda. The government accuses NGOs of using opposition members and activists to under its programmes.
The revelation was made by the minister for presidency Esther Mbayo who says government has got an intelligence information implicating some NGOs for funding opposition projects with aims of causing regime change.
Speaking during a retreat of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) at Hotel Brovad in Masaka, the minister said the State will not sit down and watch as country is being dragged down by what she termed as saboteurs.
She singled out “People Power”, a pressure group led by the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, as one of such groups that is being used by foreign groups to destabilize the country.
She added that such organizations are targeting mainly the unemployed urban youths into their activities revealing that several of such organizations have been identified and will punished in due course.
Her statement comes barely two days after Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine in a press conference on Tuesday termed
the ‘People Power’ movement as a terrorist group, adding that the government has taken note of Ugandans in the diaspora who are taking advantage of the current situation to seek political asylum by staging protests to avoid being held as illegal immigrants.