NGO boss under security investigations over alleged coordination with people power mov’t political group

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By our reporter
Police have started investigating Dianah Nankunda, Executive Director of Gideon
Education Program (GEP-Uganda) for allegedly using the funds meant for Not-for-profit work to support political pressure groups’ activities to undermine government programs.
According to the letter addressed to the District Police Commander (DPC) Central Police Station from the District Internal Security Officer (DISO), GEP is meant to
address challenges of access to education, child rights, poverty eradication among communities by providing relief, and empowerment as well as addressing challenges of food security and human rights.Contrary to this role, Dianah is alleged to be coordinating with the Patron of People
Power Movement political group who also doubles as a Member of Parliament of Kyadondo East Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. It’s alleged that she uses her platforms to pass on inciteful communication to the public under disguise of human rights promotion and protection.
People Power Movement is a political pressure group that vies for political leadership of Uganda through a Democratic transition of leadership from President Museveni of National Resistance Movement that has been
in power for more than 32years.
The NGO is also directed by the Security Agency to avail bank statements and
details of the NGO accounts for the last two years.
Nankunda is also accused of organizing demonstrations to undermine Government programs.
Such investigations to NGOs in Uganda is now a daily activity as more than 13 other NGOs have faced similar investigations and crackdown on their operations and lives.
Tough and rough punishments may arise if the NGO is found guilty at the end of
these investigations.

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