Board decries illegal NGOs, threatens to deregister several
The Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordination (NGOs) Board has put on the spot a section of humanitarian organisations for what it termed as ‘non-compliance’ to operation laws.
Board executive director David Ole Sankori decried the fact the sector has been infiltrated by unscrupulous actors operating illegally.
The regulator has therefore warned defiant actors will be deregistered for failing to adhere to set regulation rules including getting certification from the regulator as well as declaring their financial audits.
“Those that are conducting their businesses under the carpet, we are watching them, we know some may be used by people for money laundering, we are very keen and if we get them we will ensure we deregister them,” said Sankori. The former Kajiado Central MP, has asked members of the public to report any unscrupulous operators for legal action.
“We ask the public to share information with us if the notice a charity organisation that is not operating within set regulations so that we can reign on them,” added Sankori.
He was speaking during the official opening of the countrywide NGOs week in Mombasa where he met a section of the players. Kenya has about 11,000 registered NGOs.
“We as the NGOs Coordination board are ready to listen to those who have challenges because we are the ones who register them and we monitor their activities,” said Sankori.
Sankori challenged NGOs to solely focus on sustaining livelihoods of the vulnerable communities in the country, as per their mandate.
as it promised to conduct a countrywide crackdown on defaulters.
According to Habib Hakem from Helping Hand (Pwani) a charitable organization based in Mombasa claimed that there is an influx of unregistered organizational purporting to do charity, thus affecting genuine and registered members.
“We need the NGOs board to do a thorough crackdown on these fake organizations, because there are those affecting our operations, they need to be given more power to regulate this sector because it has been infiltrated by rogue operators,” said Sankori.
He said the organisation mainly works with the less fortunate in the society targeting Children’s Homes and needy households by assisting them with food aid, construction aid, health and education aid.
The Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Board is a State Corporation established by the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act (Cap 19) of 1990. The Board has the responsibility of regulating and enabling the NGO sector in Kenya.