The leadership of ActionAid Uganda is pleased to inform its partners, supporters, and staff that our quest to have our bank accounts unfrozen has been achieved following constructive discussions with some agencies of government. Accordingly, we shall now reconsider the legal action we had lodged in court against the authority.
We will however continue to seek restitution within the law, as we are entitled, in order to meet our own obligations to members, donors, and communities we serve. As we have stated before there was no justifiable basis for the action taken against ActionAid when the police raided our office and confiscated property on 20th September 2017 and the subsequent order to freeze our Bank Accounts on 6th of October 2017.
We welcome the decision to restore activity on these accounts so that ActionAid can continue its mission on strengthening social justice as laid out in our 5th Strategy Paper - Strengthening Struggles for Social Justice.
In the course of this difficult period for the organization ActionAid has cooperated fully with the police and complied with obligations to the Financial Intelligence Authority under the Anti-money Laundering Act. We encourage other organizations who find themselves in similar situations to do the same because through it we have proved that no wrong doing occurred in the first place.
We would like thank our staff . They demonstrated resilience and calm despite the disruptions to their duties, the financial hardships and emotional stress this crisis has brought to our family.
We also thank the public, civil society in Uganda and globally for the immense show of solidarity during this period. We are deeply grateful to our donors, some of whom undertook diplomatic outreaches and also showed patience when we could not meet some of our contract obligations at the time when our Bank Accounts were frozen. Some of our donors also showed flexibility to ensure that we could continue implementing basic activities in advancing our mission.
We thank you all, wish you an enjoyable period of festivities and look forward to working with you in the new year.