Hub for Investigative Media (HIM) is an organization that was conceived to get active in promoting investigative media with the sole aim of promoting good governance and accountability in the country. 

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How we operate HIM, together with other individuals working with this organization, is making information requests to different government bodies requesting for information or records from these departments. We apply the official Information Request forms as outlined in the ATI regulations to file the Information Requests. At the time of filing the requests, we also ensure that the government body to which the request has been made acknowledges receipt of the request, and is given 21 days to respond to that request as set out in the ATI law. Information Requests made to the different government bodies are formulated according to the questions that prevail at that particular time concerning the operations of a particular body, and in other cases, information requests are made to ascertain whether the necessary legal and institutional measures have been followed in executing different government transactions. With the Leadership Code Act, HIM is intent on ensuring that the declarations of wealth, assets and liabilities made periodically by public officials to the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) are publicized, as the law requires. At the moment, this is not the case. We have set a target of filing not less than 10 Information Requests per month to government bodies and agencies, authorities and private companies that do business with government.

The following Table shows the Information Requests we have so far filed to which organ, and the responses received;

Table showing Information Requests that have so far been made to which government ministries and agencies, and the responses received

 

Government body

Information Request

Response to the Request

1

Uganda Land Commission (ULC)

Date of filing:

8th January, 2013

List of beneficiaries of the Uganda Land Fund; which individuals, institutions have been so far paid by the Uganda Land Fund, for which land, how big the land was and how much they were paid.

ULC refused to disclose this information claiming that information of this nature is exempted under section 33 of the ATI act. Case taken to court. Hearing of the case scheduled for 26th February 2014.

2

Inspector General of Government (IGG)

Date of filing:

8th February, 2013

A list of all Permanent Secretaries’ declarations of wealth, assets and liabilities as stipulated under the Leadership Code Act.

The IGG refused to disclose this information citing several reasons, but most importantly the fact that the law does not prescribe which form to release this information. IGG also claimed that the PS’ could sue her if this information was disclosed. HIM applied for an order of Mandamus from court, and it will be heard on 8th January 2014.

3

Uganda Land Commission (ULC)

Date of filing:

8th January, 2013

Records of payments made by the Commission to Rhino Investments Ltd for the land government purchased from Rhino Investments in Kasese.

ULC refused to disclose the information quoting section 33 of the ATIA 2005. Case is in court.

4

Office of the President

Date of filing:

4th February, 2013

A list of individuals and institutions to whom the President made pledges in the FY’s 2011/12 and 2012/13, and these presidential pledges have been fulfilled.

Request denied.

5

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD)

Date of filing:

16th March, 2013

The contract between GOU and LaFarge/Hima Cement Ltd allowing Hima to use the Dura site

Request denied.

6

Bank of Uganda (BOU)

Date of filing:

26th March, 2013

A document detailing money disbursements to entities and individuals as a result of land transactions arising from the Uganda Land Fund.

A response from BOU’s Director of Communications indicated, “there is reasonable ground to believe that the record does not exist.” HIM is still exploring on how to proceed with this since BOU was not very clear in its response.

7

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED)

Date of Filing;

2nd April, 2013

A list of companies that have tax holidays in Uganda, for which the government is currently paying the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Corporation tax, and how much has so far been spent for each of these companies.

Access partially granted.

8

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Date of filing;

22nd April, 2013

Foreign workers with Crane group of companies and the validity of their working permits.

Request denied.

 

9

Ministry of Works and Transport

Date of filing;

22nd April, 2013

The procurement of Marine Vessel (MV) Kalangala. How much was spent to buy the MV, and whether it was bought new or second-hand. Request denied.
10

State House

Date of filing;

8th May, 2013

All students sponsored to higher institutions of learning, locally and abroad, under the State House Scholarship scheme and the criteria through which these scholarships are awarded. Request denied.
11

Kampala Sheraton Hotel

Date of filing;

2nd May, 2013

A list of government-sponsored conferences, workshops, dialogues and all other events that have been hosted in the hotel for the period between October 2012 to April 2013. Access informally denied, noting that Kampala Sheraton Hotel is not a public body.
12

Hotel Africana Kampala

Date of filing;

2nd May, 2013

A list of government-sponsored conferences, workshops, dialogues and all other events that have been hosted in the hotel for the period between October 2012 to April 2013. Access informally denied, noting that Hotel Africana is not a public body. HIM intends to start lobbying government to amend the law to include a provision that private companies that do business with government are obliged to disclose their transactions with government.
13

Kampala International University

Date of filing;

2nd May, 2013

A list of all students in the University that are funded under the State House Scholarship Scheme, indicating how much has been paid for each student. Access informally denied, noting that Kampala International University is not a public body.
14

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)

Date of filing;

1st July, 2013

Expenditure on foreign exhibitions by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in the Financial year 2012/13 Request denied.
15

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

Date of filing;

2nd July, 2013

Landing fees collected from Entebbe Airport in the FY 2012/13 Request denied.
16

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

Date of filing;

2nd July, 2013

Expenditure on CAA projects nationally in FY 2012/13 Request denied.
17

National Medical Stores (NMS)

Date of filing: 2nd July, 2013

Expenditure on the destruction of expired drugs in FY 2012/13. Request denied.
18

Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MoGLSD)

Date of filing;

2nd July, 2013

Beneficiaries of the Elderly Grant Scheme in FY 2012/13 Request denied.
19

Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MoGLSD)

Date of filing;

2nd July, 2013

Beneficiaries of the Disability Grant Scheme in FY 2012/13 Request denied.
20

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

Date of filing;

2nd July, 2013

Wetlands in Kampala that have been given to private developers Request denied.
21

National Forestry Authority (NFA)

Date of filing;

2nd July, 2013

National forests that have been given away to private developers Access granted.
22

Makerere University, Kampala

Date of filing;

20th June, 2013

Record of all students at the University sponsored under the State House Scholarship Scheme Request denied.
23

National Forestry Authority (NFA)

Date of filing;

2nd September, 2013

Record on how the US $ 1.8 million World Bank credit for the implementation of the “North Rwenzori Central Forest Reserve Management Plan” was spent. Request denied.

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