South Sudan

South Sudan: Civil Society Alarmed by New NGO Law

Members of the Civil Society Alliance addressing the press today in Juba (Photo: Gale Julius Dada/ChimpReports)

The row between State House and NTV Uganda is not about to come to an end with the private broadcaster’s senior managers’ planned meeting with President Museveni being cancelled at the last minute.

Security had cleared the meeting scheduled for today Friday at Rwakitura in Kiruhuura district.

Sources said NTV bosses intended to explain to Museveni that they didn’t have any sinister agenda against the ruling establishment.

Some of the officials who had been cleared for the meeting included NTV Managing Director Aggie Konde, ambulance News Editor Maurice Mugisha, treat Patrick Kamara, Abubaker Zirabamuzale and a one Mujunga.

However on Thursday evening, NTV Management was informed that the meeting could not take place.

It’s the Capital Gang crew led by Simon Kasyate, Moses Kidandi, Peter Mungoma and Oscar Semweya that were cleared for today’s meeting at Rwakitura.

The President has consistently described NTV and Daily Monitor as enemies of NRM and Uganda.

Last week, Museveni told a press conference that the two media houses would never go to heaven for waging a negative campaign against him.

NTV has maintained its professional and remains committed to broadcasting balanced content.

Despite this defence, the president has continued to attack the media house.

NTV decided to seek a meeting with Museveni to explain their side of the story.

ChimpReports understands that as the meeting was being planned; Museveni was informed by political intelligence teams that NTV edits its video footage to present Dr Kizza Besigye as having bigger crowds.

The report sampled Besigye’s recent rally in Mbarara which showed a huge turn of crowds.

However, an assessment by Museveni’s handlers discovered hallmarks of Photoshop.

“There are black lines in the middle of the alleged crowd. Behind that line another ‘crowd’ from the internet was added onto Besigye’s supporters,” a source quoted officials as telling the president.

“We suspect they are playing with images to portray Besigye as gaining ground ahead of the February election.”

Museveni was advised to cancel the meeting with NTV – a suggestion he bought.

State House recently suspended NTV from Museveni’s campaign trail for refusing to use drone footage from the ruling party candidate’s rallies.

The issue was resolved with NTV agreeing to use the footage as long as its source was clearly indicated.

This came as a result of Independent Magazine boss Andrew Mwenda’s intervention.

NTV is the most prominent television in Uganda, according to latest polls.
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South Sudan are outraged by a new piece of legislation that excluded them from registering as Non Governmental Organizations, cheapest (NGOs).

The NGO Bill 2016 passed by South Sudan’s National Assembly on February 2, diagnosis removed CSOs from being referred as NGOs, viagra saying that they must be registered by a different body but not the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, (SSRRC).

“This law has isolated Civil Society. It does not treat CSOs as part of NGOs because it says CSOs have to be registered by a different entity.” said Edmund Yakani, Rights Activist and Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO).

The controversial NGO Bill was first passed in May 2015 where it received condemnation from aid agencies which argued that the law was intended to restrict their work in the country, leading to the return of the Bill to Parliament from the President’s office.

CSOs are protesting against Articles Five and 14 of the Bill which talk about registration of NGOs and powers of the SSRRC to audit budgets respectively.

The CSOs are also protesting against the article 10 of the bill which subjects NGOs to register with numerous institutions before they are granted operation license.

Yakani says the idea of auditing accounts of NGOs can be helpful in fighting fraud but not embracing the role played by CSOs in the development of a country.

“The legislation has been so weak towards issues related to governance, advocacy and peace building… so under this legislation all the NGOs are typically for Humanitarian work. While for us who are registered at the Ministry of Justice, the CSOs can tackle everything. For me this is embracing culture of discrimination and it will bring a clash. This needs to be sorted out,” said Yakani.

He added: “The whole rationale of the law is saying NGOs have to work towards humanitarian and disaster management. The question is do we believe that humanitarian situation is going to continue until the end? What if the current situation ends, what are the NGOs going to do?”

The South Sudan National Civil Society Alliance spokesperson, Keluel Agok Kuch, said a committee has been formed to scrutinize the Bill.


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