NGO Defies District Security Committee Over closure

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In short
Joseph Esonyu, the Communications Officer Path-Light, says they havent received any formal communication asking them to close their operations. According to Esonyu, Ebil just made verbal threats but didnt put his directives in writing.

Path-Light, a non-governmental organisation based in Kaberamaido has defied a directive from the district security committee to cease operations. 



Path-Light has continued operating more than a month after it was closed by Kaberamaido District Security Committee led by the Resident District Commissioner, Jimmy Ebil for operating illegally.

 
The NGO is involved in the promoting agriculture and provision of scholarships for needy children. Joseph Esonyu, the Communications Officer Path-Light, says they haven't received any formal communication asking them to close their operations. According to Esonyu, Ebil just made verbal threats but didn't put his directives in writing.
 
 
Esonyu says they have already sent the first batch of scholarship beneficiaries to various schools. Nelson Odele, the Kaberamaido District Community Development Officer wonders why Path-Light has remained functional yet it is not registered.
 
 
Odele says there are ongoing investigations to establish how that the group started operating in the district last year, adding that they are also investigating accusations that the group has been extorting an unspecified sum of money from people seeking financial support.
 
Jimmy Ebil, the Kaberamaido Resident District Commissioner told URN that he wasn't aware the group was still working. He however, disclosed that investigations are still ongoing to establish the amount the NGO extorted from members of the public.
 
 
 
45-year-old Bosco Ematu says his son is among the first beneficiaries of scholarships from Path-Light. According to Ematu, Path Light is sponsoring his son to study computer studies in a school in Kampala.
 
 
At the time of its closure, Path-Light had already secured 50 acres of land at Ogerai parish in Kobulubulu Sub County to set up a citrus farm where they intend to train over vulnerable 300 youths in Agriculture and create jobs.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.