Government Summoned Over new NGO Law

The Constitutional Court sitting in Kampala has given the Government of Uganda through the Attorney 10 days with in which to file defense in the case in which two NGOs challenge the legality of the Non-Government Organization (NGO) Act 2016

This is contained in the summons signed by the Registrar of Constitutional court.

” Should you fail to answer on or before the date mentioned above, petitioners may proceed with the petition which may be determined in your absence.”

In this case before court, Chapter Four and Centre for Constitutional Governance challenge what they call inconsistencies in the NGO Act which replaced NGO Regulations of 2009

These allege that the new amendment came with many irregularities and restrictions which are in violation of the constitution.

These, therefore want the court to rule among others that; “Section 40(I) and (2) ;41, (7) of NGOs Act of 2016 which imposes criminal sanctions of imprisonment against any one or members of an organization for having failed to carry out administrative requirements constitute a severe and unjustifiable restriction to freedom of assembly and expression.

They also argue that section 39(3) (c) of the NGO Act 2016 that mandates NGOs to submit any information required by them to the NGO Bureau and other government agencies is inconsistent with Article 27(2) , 29(1) of the constitution of Uganda.

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