Ofwono Opondo visa saga: US embassy speaks out

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Social media has been awash with news that government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo had been denied US visa



Reports circulating on social media indicate that the government spokesperson was arrested and detained for 30 minutes by U.S security forces in the Consular section of the embassy when he went to apply for visa before he staged a loner protest inside the embassy



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A claim, the Uganda Media Centre executive director denied “Very FakeNews. I have not been to the US embassy in Uganda in a very very long time and have no need to travel to the US. I’m very comfortable in Uganda and more in Mulanda,” Mr Ofwono Opondo tweeted



U.S embassy speaks out
‘ ‘A false news story is circulating about Ofwono Opondo being detained at the U.S. embassy. Mr. Opondo did not appear at the embassy, nor was he arrested or detained on or near the embassy compound. This story is completely false, & Mr. Opondo has confirmed this as well on Twitter.’’ The U.S embassy in Uganda tweeted on Tuesday evening.
Recent events



Recently US government slapped a travel ban on some government officials on different grounds including corruption and abuse of human rights.
On September 13, 2019, former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura was sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury for gross violation of Human rights when he was head of the Uganda Police Force.



Judiciary officials, including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, were also reportedly subjected to humiliating questions as they sought to travel to the United States of America recently while the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, was blocked from travel amid the continued fallout over sanctions.

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