By Philip Wasswa
The Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) has ordered asked Equity Bank Uganda for the account details of 13 non-governmental organizations to establish the source of their funding and their financial transactions.
In a letter dated August 8, 2019, the FIA directs Equity bank to; “search your databases and avail us account opening documents, bank statements for the last three years and any other information available to you linked to each of the above-listed entities for further review,” reads the letter signed by Sydney Asubo, the FIA Executive Director.
The letter is also copied to the money laundering control officer, Ms. Sarah Nakkazi Kiwanuka.
The NGOs who banking details are required include Action Aid International Uganda, Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda, Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring, Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, National Non-Governmental Organisation Forum, Human Rights Network Uganda, National Democratic Institute, Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Democratic Governance Facility, Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, and the African Institute for Energy Governance.
In a response on Twitter, Godber Tumushabe, the associate director of Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies, which is also listed, said the FIA should probe Bank of Uganda if it is to be taken seriously.
"The guys at FIA probably don’t know what’s going on. They have to start with the contraband imported by Bank of Uganda before they begin to look serious".