The bankrupt Tibuhaburwa government has finally heeded to external pressure and allowed the Democratic Government Facility to operate again. This follows round table talks between the EU delegation and officials from the central government led by the internal affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odong. On Wednesday, it was unanimously agreed that the DGF resumes its operations in Uganda after government observed that the over 500 UGX billion fund was of great importance to the economy. The DGF employs over 9000 Ugandans who work in numerous NGOs and projects running under the multi billion fund.
Sources say that Museveni directed that the DGF resumes operations as soon as possible in a bid to rescue the economy from heading to shambles. “The economy is at a fragile position. Forgetting about the DGF means that the billions they have been pumping in the economy shall be no more. You know the thousands of people who were employed in DGF projects were almost rendered redundant,” the source says.
It should be recalled that president Museveni acting under emotions ordered the immediate suspension of the fund citing a number of issues key among which was the suspicions that the DGF was facilitating the opposition politicians. Museveni claimed that funds were used to finance activities and organizations designed to subvert Government under the guise of improving governance.
In response to the suspension, Freedom House issued a condemnation statement: “we are alarmed by the decision to suspend the Democratic governance facility,” John Temin, the director of Africa programs at Freedom House reacted.