Internal Affairs minister Aronda Nyakairima has drafted a Bill seeking to bar non-governmental orgainsations (NGOs) from engaging in political work.
The Non-Governmental Organisations Registration (Amendment) Bill 2013 seeks to expand government powers to monitor NGO work.
The proposed law draws sharp lines between works and mandate of local, national and international NGOs.
The Bill is intended to “enhance the operations of the NGO Board from the national level to sub- county”.
Gen Aronda said the Bill is a response to some NGOs’ “subversive methods of work and activities which undermine accountability and transparency in the sector”.
FOOD security activists have asked legislators to review the recently passed Plant Variety Protection Bill, saying it entrenches the rights of breeders and companies while curtailing the rights of small farmers.
The activists argued that the Bill curtails farmers’ abilities to exchange, save and breed new varieties using hybrid seeds.
NAPE and community members say “No!” These videos feature NAPE staff advocating for government and businesses to respect the rights of community members and the environment.
The continuous environmental degradation by palm tree growers around Kalangala islands has greatly affected fish production in the lake, the State Minister for Environment, Flavia Munaaba has noted.
Palm oil plantations completely cover Kalangala Islands, and most of them are under Bidco. NAPE has worked on palm oil under our Land Grabbing projects and has collaborated with Kalangala communities to help them fight for their rights.
Some residents in Kyapoloni moved from farming to petty trade with the perception that with an oil refinery in the area, there would no farming. But community leaders like Rev. Fred Musimenta show that farming can be adapted to the developments.
The series of oil discoveries in what is known as the Albertine Graben, which is found in the Bunyoro region, have caused anxiety among communities leaving near the area with many anticipating to reap big while others are bothered over losing their properties to oil companies and government.
To many people, oil could mean more money in their pockets. It is wealth beyond their expectations in terms of employment, lower pump prices, good roads, health facilities and schools—and probably cash payouts from the government once the drilling of oil starts.
However, others are worried about being evicted from their ancestral land, losing their cultural sites as well as their way of life because the good prospects attract many people to the area to tap the benefits.