On Friday, the United States Government announced visa and economic sanctions against Kale Kayihura. The announcement was made in a statement issued by the United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
The President-General of the Democratic Party-Norbert Mao has said
that sanctions against the former Inspector General of Police-IGP Kale Kayihura
were long overdue.
On Friday, the United States Government announced visa and economic sanctions
against Kale Kayihura. The announcement was made in a statement issued by the
United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control
The Department said that it has credible information that Kayihura was involved
in torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, through
command of an entity of government. Kayihura was IGP to whom Flying Squad a
unit of police that has been associated with for torture reported directly.
Kayihura is also accused of corruption and bribery to strengthen his political
position, as units under his command committed serious human rights abuses
Mao says that the sanctions should have been issued when he was still IGP. He
also says that the sanctions should be extended to other people engaged in
human rights violations in the country including high ranking officials of
He says that the sanctions should a lesson to other security agencies who
torture, hold suspects in un-gazetted places and brutalize opposition supporters.
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Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the Spokesperson of the Opposition and the Forum for
Democratic Change-FDC party says that that the sanctions against Kayihura
confirm the public outcry that has existed for years.
He says that the sanctions should be a lesson to other Ugandans
engaged in human rights violation and corruption tendencies.
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The Executive Director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, Cissy Kagaba
welcomed the move by the United States.
She wonders how the government failed to institute charges of
corruption against Kayihura.
Kagaba however, notes that the economic sanctions against Kayihura
may not have aa big impact on him since he could choose to abandon travelling
to the U.S.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Col. Shaban Bantariza says that since the U.S is
an independent state that is free to do whatever they want.