“UWONET’s election related work including working with women and youth from different parts of Uganda through the Women’s Situation Room to enhance peace building in our country during and after the elections, trainings in the remaining districts for women candidates including independents and those from all political parties and observation of women and gender issues in the elections has been affected,” reads a statement issued on Saturday.
UWONET members with Speaker Kadaga
Women’s Network-UWONET has dismissed as false claims by the Financial
Intelligence Authority-FIA that it is financing terrorism. On December 11
2020, FIA froze the accounts of UWONET and Uganda National NGO Forum in Stanbic
Bank, ABSA Bank, KCB Bank and Standard Chartered Bank on allegations of terror
contained in a letter signed by the FIA Executive Director, Sydney Asubo
addressed to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for consideration. Now,
Tezira Jamwa, the UWONET Chairperson has described the FIA allegations as
false, adding that the freezing of their accounts has adversely affected their operations
but more specifically activities aimed at benefitting groups especially women
and girls of Uganda. This includes
activities that had been lined up for the 16 days of activism to end Gender
Based Violence and the elections projects.
election related work including working with women and youth from different
parts of Uganda through the Women’s Situation Room to enhance peacebuilding in
our country during and after the elections, training in the remaining
districts for women candidates including independents and those from all
political parties and observation of women and gender issues in the
elections have been affected,” reads a statement issued on Saturday.
Jamwa encouraged the staff, membership, allies, partners, government statutory bodies
and service providers to remain strong during the tough time and apologized,
saying they will not be in position to meet their obligations at the moment. “Aware of the impact that this may have on you, we plead for your understanding
as the situation is currently out of our hands and we hope that it will be
resolved soon,” she said.
Jamwa also notes that one of the most affected
programs is the Women Situation Room (WSR), a peace building Mechanism by
women that was adopted by the African Union following it implementation Liberia
in 2011. “As the host
of the Women’s Situation Room Uganda 2020/2021, we also want to extend our
sincere appreciation to all our members who have been engaging different
stakeholders at different levels through the Women’s Situation Room1 to ensure
that youth and women in particular exercise their rights to participate in the
elections peacefully and contribute to peacebuilding,” she said.
to freeze the accounts of the organizations comes at a time when the Government
is critical of CSOs and NGOs linked with Elections and specifically perceived
support to Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform presidential
Recently, Government deported top bosses of the United States and
European Union-funded program in relation to elections. Journalists have also
been deported while the return of other NGO leaders to Uganda has been blocked,
according to media reports.