OMACAN Issues Cease and Desist Order to Foundation of Hope
OMACAN issued a cease and desist order to Executive Director Mukasa Epafuladito and his board of directors at Foundation of Hope (FOHO). The cease and desist order includes using OMACAN’s intellectual property and trademarks with the school that OMACAN built and FOHO has been managing since its opening. The Minister of Education and Sports of Uganda ordered all unlicensed schools to not open in 2019, and OMACAN discovered that in spite of communicating to us for the past 2 years that he sought and applied for a school license, the Ministry confirmed no license is issued thereby making the operating of the school illegal. OMACAN launched a criminal investigation with the Masaka Police Criminal Investigation Division in late fall of 2018 for financial irregularities and abuse of children that OMACAN discovered at the school earlier in 2018. The criminal investigation is ongoing. OMACAN has advised other international charities to be advised of the deceptive, fraudulent, and abusive behaviors at its illegal shelter and at the school, all of which is presently under investigation.