We have faced chal­lenges over court orders re­jected by banks that re­quire them to sub­mit cer­tain client in­for­ma­tion.”

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port shows.

Some of the group’s real es­tate are lo­cated in Tan­za­nia, in­tel­li­gence sources claim.

The LRA was started in 1987 and waged a drawn-out armed re­bel­lion against the gov­ern­ment in north­ern Uganda.

This group is no­to­ri­ous for maim­ing its vic­tims across Uganda and South Su­dan, cut­ting off their lips, arms and ears but was even­tu­ally kicked out of Uganda in 2006 fol­low­ing the Ugan­dan Army’s

LRA rem­nants fled South Su­dan and moved to east­ern DRC be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to the jun­gles of the Cen­tral African Repub­lic in 2009. Its sources of in­come in­clude wildlife crimes, il­le­gal min­ing and loot­ing.

In­tel­li­gence coup

Mo­bile money services, forex bu­reaus and for­eign money re­mit­tance plat­forms, ap­par­ently carry one of the high­est ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing risk lev­els in Uganda’s econ­omy.

“Fairly small trans­ac­tions done on these plat­forms and weak Know Your Cus­tomer guide­lines are mainly blamed for high ter­ror­ism risks …

“Al­though there are trans­ac­tion thresh­olds, these can still pose some risk to ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing, and can be eas­ily cir­cum­vented. In the case of forex and money re­mit­ters, the high vul­ner­a­bil­ity is largely driven by the low qual­ity of con­trols, par­tic­u­larly in­ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing and reporting of sus­pi­cious trans­ac­tions and weak com­pli­ance func­tions in the in­sti­tu­tions …” reads the re­port. Benon Mud­a­bani, a De­tec­tive As­sis­tant In­spec­tor of Po­lice responsible for counter-ter­ror­ism

But sources in the mo­bile money services sec­tor dis­agree with this neg­a­tive as­sess­ment.

“The mo­bile money services sec­tor’s com­pli­ance lev­els to anti-money laun­der­ing and com­bat­ing of the fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism are very high and pose lit­tle chal­lenge to the coun­try’s en­force­ment ef­forts,” said a source at Air­tel Uganda.

Le­gal gaps, abuse of court orders and limited shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion across na­tional bor­ders are also a ma­jor bot­tle­neck for an­titer­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing en­force­ment ef­forts.

How­ever, the NRA re­port ap­pears cau­tious and guarded on the qual­ity of Uganda’s anti-ter­ror­ism en­force­ment ef­forts.

“The qual­ity of ter­ror­ism-re­lated in­tel­li­gence is good and do­mes­tic co-op­er­a­tion is smooth, which has led to the ef­fec­tive dis­rup­tion of ter­ror­ist at­tacks. The process to build ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate de­sired ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing in­tel­li­gence is on course, and the level of reporting of sus­pi­cious trans­ac­tions re­lated to ter­ror­ism is not com­men­su­rate to the ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing risk,” the doc­u­ment says. THE EURO­PEAN UNION has ex­pressed concerns over al­le­ga­tions of hu­man-rights vi­o­la­tions in Tan­za­nia, cit­ing ar­bi­trary ar­rests of rights ac­tivists, jour­nal­ists, blog­gers and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.

In a state­ment re­leased last week dur­ing 39th ses­sion of the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva, Switzer­land, the EU said that a free and vi­brant civil so­ci­ety and strong and in­de­pen­dent me­dia were cru­cial for a sus­tain­able and ef­fec­tive devel­op­ment and the cor­ner­stone in the fight against cor­rup­tion. There have been ar­rests of op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers since the gen­eral elec­tion in 2015 with re­stric­tions of assembly im­posed on lead­ers of op­po­si­tion par­ties. Sev­eral jour­nal­ists, lawyers and blog­gers were re­stricted with oth­ers ar­rested while on duty.

The EU told Tan­za­nia, which hosts Bu­run­dian refugees, that the re­turn of the refugees must be safe, vol­un­tary and dig­ni­fied and in line with in­ter­na­tional law in­clud­ing refugee law and the prin­ci­ple of non-re­foule­ment. Oth­ers high­lighted for hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion of al­most the same na­ture are Venezuela, Nicaragua, Gabon, Cameroon, the Mal­dives, Sri Lanka, Haiti and Turkey.

The Tan­za­nia gov­ern­ment has re­stricted po­lit­i­cal rallies and live broad­cast of par­lia­men­tary ses­sions, while ar­bi­trary ar­rests of op­po­si­tion lead­ers deny them the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress their vot­ers. Politi­cians are only al­lowed to hold rallies within their con­stituen­cies but un­der strict po­lice su­per­vi­sion.

Sev­eral MPS from the op­po­si­tion par­ties have been ar­rested for al­leged un­law­ful assembly.

Mean­while, the Tan­za­nia Con­sti­tu­tion Fo­rum (TCF) is now press­ing for a fair elec­tion and po­lit­i­cal free­dom through con­sti­tu­tional changes. TCF said a law should be en­acted un­der the elec­toral com­mis­sion that will ban elected lead­ers from de­fect­ing from the op­po­si­tion to see re-elec­tion un­der the rul­ing party.

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