However, concerns over the activities of the NGO prompted Masaka authorities to investigate and establish how it was registered and allowed to operate in the district.
Janan Kyobe during the meeting with the Committee probing AKOA activities
Jonan Kyobe, a city lawyer attached to Nkwanga and Partners Advocate Company is in trouble over allegations of using forged signatures to register a questionable nongovernmental organization operating in Masaka district. In 2009, Kyobe was allegedly hired to register “AKOA Refugee and God's Revival Ministries International”, an NGO founded by American couple. It is alleged that Kyobe went ahead and secured all the necessary paper work and got the NGO registered to start its operations. AKOA, which is based in Nyendo-Ssenyange division in Masaka municipality, opened a foster care home for orphans and vulnerable children. However, concerns over the activities of the NGO prompted Masaka authorities to investigate and establish how it was registered and allowed to operate in the district.
A five member committee led by Jonathan Ssewanyana, the Masaka Deputy District Intelligence Officer-DISO summoned the management of the NGO, which showed up with Kyobe as their legal counsel. During the meeting Kyobe explained to the committee that AKOA was dully registered. He also said that the license of his clients was up to date because he has been renewing it annually. However, Jonathan Ssewanyana, the committee chairperson asked Kyobe where he got the signatures of lower council authorities, which are required before any NGO is registered.
Ssewanyana explained that during their consultations with the local authorities they established that none of the officials appended his signature on the consent forms for registering AKOA. He also said that he has justifiable evidence show that even the Senior District Probation Officer's consent was omitted in the said registration process saying the entire process could have been marred by fraud. Ssewanayana also explained that NGO does not appear in the records of charitable organizations operating in Masaka, an indicator that Kyobe forged the papers and duped the registration board in Kampala to register AKOA. Samuel Ndawula, who has served as the LC 1 chairperson of the village hosting AKOA for the last 20 years denied recommending it for registration.
He also said none of his secretaries signed any consent forms of his behalf saying the lawyer either knowingly or unknowingly is part of the immorality traded by his clients. Ndawula asked the committee to handle Kyobe as a dishonest lawyer adding that he should be charged with forgery. The Committee tasked Kyobe to produce the original copies of the registration and operation certificates of AKOA or else risk being dragged to court. Kyobbe has prayed for ample time to allow him compile the necessary documents to defend his stand. Kyobe says he has nothing to worry about because he followed the due procedure.