KAMPALA — The US authorities has slapped financial and journey sanctions to Gen Kale Kayihura and his household, accusing the previous Inspector Normal of Police of gross human rights violations.
In a press release revealed by the US State Division on Friday, September 13, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated they’ve credible info that Gen Kayihura was concerned in torturing civilians utilizing the Flying Squad, a specialised unit of the Uganda Police Power.
“The Division is publicly designating Kale Kayihura, the previous Inspector Normal of the Uganda Police Power and its commanding officer from 2005-2018, below Part 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Division of State, Overseas Operations, and Associated Packages Appropriations Act, because of his involvement in gross violations of human rights,” the assertion reads partially.
“Particularly, the Division has credible info that Kayihura was concerned in torture and/or merciless, inhuman, or degrading remedy or punishment, by way of command accountability of the Flying Squad, a specialised unit of the Uganda Police Power that reported on to Kayihura. The Treasury Division is concurrently designating Kayihura pursuant to Government Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the World Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act,” the assertion provides.
The US Division stated it’s also publicly designating his partner, Angela Umurisa Gabuka, his daughter, Tesi Uwibambe, and his son, Kale Rudahigwa as per the regulation.
“Part 7031(c) supplies that, in circumstances the place the the Secretary of State has credible info that overseas officers have been concerned in vital corruption or a gross violation of human rights, these people and their instant relations are ineligible for entry into the US. The regulation additionally requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officers and their instant relations.”
The US authorities stated that actions towards Gen Kayihura underscore their concern with human rights violations and abuses in Uganda, in addition to our assist for accountability for individuals who interact in such violations and abuses.
‘We name on the Ugandan authorities to respect human rights and basic freedoms, together with the freedoms of expression and peaceable meeting,” it provides.
In Government Order 13818, the US President declared a nationwide emergency with respect to severe human rights abuses and corruption globally, which represent an uncommon and extraordinary menace to the nationwide security, overseas coverage, and financial system of the US. By way of this E.O., the President has licensed the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of State to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions, respectively, on individuals decided, amongst different issues, to be accountable for or complicit in, or to have immediately or not directly engaged in, severe human rights abuse or corruption.
The event additional exacerbates the previous police chief’s fortunes. He was final March sacked as police chief and two months later arrested and charged within the military court docket with a number of offences, together with illegal repatriation of Rwanda refugees.