Opposition leaders in addition to rights activists have welcomed Washington’s decision to impose financial sanctions in addition to visa ban on former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura.
Four-time presidential challenger Kizza Besigye said the actions “underscore our concern with human rights violations in addition to abuses in Uganda”.
The United States Treasury Department in a statement released last Friday said they were designating Gen Kayihura under Executive Order (E.O) 13818 for his alleged involvement in gross rights violations perpetrated by police’s Flying Squad unit as well as corruption in addition to drug trafficking
In a rejoinder, Gen Kayihura dismissed the punishment as inconsequential since he has no property either inside the US or overseas for Washington to freeze.
He also questioned the motive of the Donald Trump administration to target him when he worked most times with Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents in addition to received a prize coming from America for his contribution in fighting terrorism in addition to violent crime.
“There is actually no high profile case in which our units did not liaise with the FBI. They participated in, for example, the investigations into the assassinations of [former principal state attorney] Joan Kagezi in addition to [former police spokesman] Andrew Felix Kaweesi as well as the 2010 terror case. The Treasury could thus do well to sanction those officers also,” he stated.
Under the order, the US administration will actively hunt in addition to seize the ex-IGP’s wealth in addition to money wherever America has jurisdiction.
In Kampala, Opposition politicians said the sanctions, which apply as well to Kayihura’s wife in addition to two children, sign-posts the need for Uganda leaders to be accountable when in office.
What they say
The four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye. These actions against Kale Kayihura underscore our concern with human rights violations in addition to abuses in Uganda as well as our support for accountability for those who engage in such violations in addition to abuses. We call on the Ugandan government to respect human rights in addition to fundamental freedoms, including the freedoms of expression in addition to peaceful assembly.
Opposition Chief Whip, Mr Ibrahim Ssemujju. President Museveni, on whose behalf these (police) crimes were being coordinated in addition to committed, should have been part of those sanctioned. May be of which is actually what awaits him when he leaves power. Kayihura brutalised people to make sure Museveni stays in power.
Col Shaban Bantariza, the deputy executive director of Uganda Media Centre. Kayihura’s rebuttal in respect to allegations raised by Washington was sufficient.
Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu. the item is actually consistent with regimes of which have gone wrong. yet in most cases, the item is actually the individuals who are victims of the bad government in addition to later pay the cost for serving the bad government. If the regime gets off track, the individuals shouldn’t get off track too.
Human rights lawyer, Mr Nicolas Opiyo. We also wish of which of which citation is actually only the start of many such actions by development partners to hold to account all those involved in grave violations in Uganda. We wish the killers of the people of Kasese, the managers of safe houses, will be held to account too. The wheels of justice will turn in addition to if they committed crimes.
Dr Livingstone Sewanyana, the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative. the item should serve as a strong warning to all who engage in human rights violations. In Uganda, with the brand-new (Anti-Torture) law, every human rights violator is actually liable in addition to he/she can no longer plead powers coming from above. Sanctions are welcome as long as they are not politically motivated.