EXCLUSIVE: ISO Stuck as Shs 3.5bn Operations Budget is Mysteriously Exhausted

Internal Security Organisation (ISO) is in a crisis after its operations budget for the first quarter was exhausted in less than two months.

A high ranking security official at the facility told ChimpReports on Thursday that Shs 3.5bn released by the Finance Ministry in July for ISO’s operations was already depleted.

The funds were meant to facilitate ISO’s daily operations; payment of informers and surveillance activities for a period of three months ending September, 2019.

However, the money was finished in a few weeks.

ISO Director General Col Kaka Bagenda was not readily available for comment when we posted this story.

But an insider, who preferred anonymity to speak freely, said “ISO’s operations are literally on a standstill because there is no money for our operatives. There is no work being done.”

The source added: “This money came but it was taken. Now our operatives spend the better part of their time reading newspapers in office and drinking tea. Across the country, the operatives don’t have money to gather intelligence.”

The development comes against the backdrop of increased criminality especially in the central region.


Murders, kidnaps and armed robberies have been on the rise in recent months.

President Museveni’s cousin, Joshua Rushegyera and Merina Tumukunde were gunned down under mysterious circumstances on the night of September 5 along the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.

Maria Nagirinya and her driver were also recently abducted by thugs before being killed.

Uganda’s military intelligence have in recent weeks rounded up suspects who are being interrogated over the murders.

ISO on the edge

ChimpReports understands that this would have been the best time for ISO to roll into action but its top investigators can’t move due to lack of money.

“Investigations require money for fuel and facilitating contacts. This cannot happen under the prevailing circumstances. Perhaps in the next quarter,” a source observed.

The operatives now hope to return to work in the next quarter which starts around October.

The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) is the Uganda government’s counter intelligence agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to Uganda’s policy makers.

It also engages in covert activities at the request of the President.

The institution is composed of intelligence officers recruited from all over Uganda and trained at its training institute, the Institute of Intelligence and Security Studies.

The operatives, who are spread across the country, are currently unable to collect intelligence for the country’s leadership.

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