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Authority Urges Organizations To File Annual Returns

The Public Benefit Organizations Regulatory Authority (PBORA), formerly the NGO Coordination Board, is encouraging organizations to file annual returns as it emerges that only 2,829 have filed out of 12,000 registered organizations.

Speaking during the commemoration of NGOs Week at Mama Ngina Water Front in Mombasa, PBORA Director Mwangangi Mwania said the returns will assist the government in planning and to know the money the NGOs have pumped into the country.

“We can also direct them to areas that need more support. If they don’t make returns, we won’t be able to know what they are doing, whether they are moribund or need more support in terms of regulations,” said Mwania.

He encouraged the organizations to be accountable by performing functions they have been mandated to avoid being sanctioned.

Mwania reiterated the government’s commitment to implement the new law, the Public Benefit Organizations Act, 2013, which came into force on May 14, 2024, after court cases that halted its operationalization.

The act has repealed the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act, of 1990, and all NGOs will now be known as Public Benefits Organizations (PBOs) and will have one year since the operationalization of the act to register as PBOs.

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