Kenyan government put non-compliant NGOs on notice

Non-Governmental Organizations which will not have filed their annual returns with the NGO coordination board will be deregistered, announced Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i.

Speaking during the launch of the NGO Sector 2020/2021 Report on Monday, March 14, 2022, Dr Matiang’i said more than 2000 NGOs operating in the country are not registered. Therefore, he has given them 90 days to comply with the existing laws.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

"After 90 days, we will infer that those who have not complied do not genuinely need to function as NGOs since they are not interested; if you are interested in running, you should also be interested in complying," he stated.

According to CS Matiang'i, compliance will be crucial in delivering critical and correct data in planning.

He stated that it is the government's job to protect individuals by ensuring that all organizations operating in the country follow the law.

However, Matiangi pointed out that there is a clause that allows NGOs to request more time to comply if they are facing difficulties with the issue.

As a result, he asked the NGO board to provide the groups requesting extra time to comply but they must have reasonable justifications.

Simultaneously, the CS asked non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to devote more cash to development projects, noting that the majority of their budgets are now spent on wages and other recurring expenses.

He stated that the government supports, collaborates with, and will continue to cooperate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as establishing an enabling environment for them.

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