Samaritans Purse Expelled from Moroto

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Moroto District Local Government has resolved and expelled only one of the four NGOs that were recently directed to stop operating in the district

Moroto District Local Government has expelled one NGO from the district.

The Samaritan's purse has been expelled from the district on grounds that there are no tangible benefits to show for their operations.

Mark Aol, the district LC V chairman told an extra-ordinary council meeting on Monday that Samaritans Purse is one of the four NGO's that  were put under scrutiny. 

The committee also directed that the NGO submits detailed accountability of all the funds resources solicited for the people of Karamoja before it quits.

The office of the Resident District Commissioner has accordingly been directed to ensure property under the NGO procured for the good of the people of Karamoja be secured by police.

Jimmy Lomokol, the Chief Executive Director of Karamoja Private Sector promotion center supports the resolution by the district to expel some NGOs.

He accuses some of the NGOs in Karamoja of taking advantage of the problems in the region.

//Cue In: “I support the district council for the actions…”
Cue Out: “….without an additional fund, this is unacceptable.”//

Meanwhile, three other NGOs including Building Resource a cross Communities-BRAC, an Indian NGO, Action on Hunger-ACF and Cooperation Internationale-COOPI  have been pardoned.

The NGOs were accused of taking advantage of the problems in Karamoja region to solicit for funds from their donors and use the money for their selfish interests.

According to the district LC V chairperson, a new memorandum of understanding be drafted in which harmonization of work plans be approved and enforced on the three NGOs.

They have all been directed to concentrate their activities on environmental conservation and livelihoods and also to improve on the community participation and ownership of the project activities.

The NGOs have also been asked to ensure quality assurance in service delivery and to avail their routine activity reports to the district.

Currently more than 120 NGOs are operating in Moroto district.



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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

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