Uganda faces sanctions over Shs1.3bn ESO debt


Rev Fr Simon Lokodo


The External Security Organization-ESO could face sanctions from the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa-CISSA for failure to pay over 1.3 billion Shillings in contributions.

The Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa-CISSA is a continental security intelligence agency, which brings together intelligence and security units from 49 African Union member states to effectively deal with security challenges.

Security agencies from each member state are expected to pay annual contribution.

Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity Minister told the presidential affairs committee on Monday that ESO owes CISSA about 1.3 billion shillings in arrears accumulated for 7 years.

According to Lokodo, several requests have been tabled before the Ministry of Finance to clear the arrears in vain.

He says as a result, ESO is likely to face sanctions, which means that it will not participate in CISSA meetings and therefore miss out on a lot on security-related information.

He adds that belonging to CISSA enables Uganda to channel and share security concerns with other continental agencies for effective monitoring and possible joint operations.

Uganda has been on a high terror alert, following a recent warning by the United States government of a possible attack in the country.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura recently warned of an imminent attack by Al Shabaab on schools and universities on the Jinja-Kampala highway.

Bukedea County MP, George Ekuma says the monies should be provided, given the vulnerability of the region to terror attacks.

Adjumani Woman MP, Jessica Ababiku however blames the Ministry for failing to priorities key issues including arrears.

She says this should have been dealt with urgently, given the sensitivity of security matters.

Lokodo says negotiations are still ongoing with the Ministry of Finance to ensure that Uganda’s membership is not revoked and part of the money is paid.


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