Kenya Reverses Decision to Close Nearly 1,000 NGOs
In response to the announcement by Kenyan Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru that the NGOs Co-ordination Board would not cancel the registration of nearly 1,000 NGOs, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Kenya’s NGOs Co-ordination Board failed to observe due process in its original decision to force hundreds of NGOs to close, said Mark P. Lagon, president, who was in Kenya October 26-28. “The disorganization and lack of transparency around the de-registration process shows the need to finally get on with implementing the Public Benefit Organizations Act, a law designed to ensure accountability.”
The Public Benefit Organizations (PBO) Act was passed by Kenya’s National Assembly and assented to by former President Mwai Kibaki in early 2013. Failure by the current Jubilee government to commence the Act has blocked its implementation. Since 2013, the Jubilee government has proposed a series of amendments to the Act.
The NGOs Co-ordination Board is a state agency with regulatory oversight over registered NGOs.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.