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US gov’t sanctions on Kayihura long overdue – Mao

 

FILE PHOTO: Norbert Mao

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 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 (OFAC).

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 against people.

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 government.

He says that the sanctions should a lesson to other security agencies who torture, hold suspects in un-gazetted places and brutalize opposition supporters.

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.

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.

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5 comments

  1. Embarrassed Ugandan Patriot

    The lack of strategic foresight by some of Uganda’s so called opposition leaders is amazing….

    The imperialist and self appointed world policeman,judge etc violates the sovereignty of our country arbitrally choosing to violate rights of a fellow Ugandan citizen without due process or right to appeal and these individuals celebrate and rejoice at this affront to our country’s dignity, independence because of personal differences with that fellow citizen.

    Whatever the shortcomings of Gen Kayihura, we shouldnot burn down the house while attempting to burn a lizard…. By giving these self-righteous white supremacists the moral support to impose their arbitrally rules and discriminating laws on Uganda and it’s citizens

    For this only opens the way to recolonization and the supporters of this indignity won’t be any better than the baganda colonial collaborators like Semei Kakungulu,Apollo kaggwa, Ham Mukasa who thought they could use the British imperialists for their personal ambitions only to die bitter and full of regret after they were discarded like used toilet tissue and had also helped impose white and Indian dominance over their fellow Africans turning Africans into 3rd class citizens in the their own homes.

    • Mr. Patriot, its funny u should call out the Ugandan oppostion for lacking in foresight, what about the fact that your hero and chief patriot m7 has been sustained in power all these years (post somalia indulgence) by non other than the sane western countries (with the USA in the lead) that you now conveniently condemn. Lets face it, as an inferior race in this scheme of things, we all find ourselves jostling for recognition from the our white superiors. But truth be told, ur hero m7 has been the biggest beneficiary from western generosity, infact he is a modern day colonial collaborator.

  2. Embarrassed Ugandan Patriot

    The lack of strategic foresight by some of Uganda’s so called opposition leaders is amazing….

    The imperialist self appointed world policeman,judge etc violates the sovereignty of our country arbitrally choosing to violate rights of a fellow Ugandan citizen without due process or right to appeal and these individuals celebrate and rejoice at this affront to our country’s dignity, independence….

    Whatever the shortcomings of Gen Kayihura, we shouldnot burn down the house while attempting to burn a lizard…. By giving these self-righteous white supremacists the moral support to impose their arbitrally rules and discriminating laws on Uganda and it’s citizens

    For this only opens the way to recolonization and the supporters of this indignity won’t be any better than the baganda colonial collaborators like Semei Kakungulu,Apollo kaggwa, Ham Mukasa who thought they could use the British imperialists for their personal ambitions only to die bitter and full of regret after they were discarded like used toilet tissue and had also helped impose white and Indian dominance over their fellow Africans turning Africans into 3rd class citizens in the their own homes.

  3. Ur regime is the biggest beneficiary from the so calked white supremacusts. Its largely how u have maintained ur hold on power all these years. Infact, that is why u are in Somalia, so as to appease the western powers.

  4. Temututiisa, In every war there is a loss and a win. Safe houses are going nowhere.

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